Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Twins left fielder Josh Willingham won his first career Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, an honor that goes to the best offensive players at each position.
Managers and coaches voted Willingham, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout as the three top offensive performers among American League outfielders. In his first year with the Twins, Willingham batted .260 with 35 home runs, 110 RBI and an .890 OPS (on-base-plus slugging percentage).
Other AL Silver Slugger Awards went to A.J. Pierzynski (catcher), Prince Fielder (first base), Robinson Cano (second base), Miguel Cabrera (third base), Derek Jeter (shortstop) and Billy Butler (DH).
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