A fan favorite on the field and a cherished organization and community leader off it, Michael Cuddyer has distinguished himself as a versatile and valuable major leaguer. After 11 straight seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Michael signed with the Colorado Rockies prior to the start of the 2012 season. He contributed 30 doubles and 16 home runs while slugging .489, and his veteran presence in the clubhouse was recognized by his teammates and managers. He was presented with the team’s Heart and Hustle Award. An All-Star in 2011, Michael led the Twins with 20 home runs, 70 runs, a .459 slugging percentage and .805 OPS and was honored as the team's Hank Aaron Award nominee. Although he spent most of the year in right field, he also stepped up to field at first and second base and even pitched a scoreless inning. Known for his rocket arm and consistent offensive production, including career highs of 32 HRs in 2009 and 109 RBIs in 2006, Michael helped Minnesota win six division titles. The Twins' Charles O. Johnson Award winner for the Most Improved Player in 2006, the right-handed batter and thrower also has been recognized for his efforts in giving back to the community. He received the Bob Allison Leadership Award in both 2009 and 2010 as well as the 2010 Mike Augustin Award for "Media Good Guy," voted on by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA. The same year, Michael helped secure a $250,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project to benefit the Rolling Twins and Courage Center, funding a specially designed softball field for a wheelchair softball team. Chosen by Minnesota with the ninth overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft, he graduated from Great Bridge High School in 1997 as Gatorade Player of the Year and a member of USA Today's All-Star Team.



Born: March 27, 1979 | Height: 6’2” | Weight: 220lb. | Bats: Right | Throws: Right | High School: Great Bridge, VA | Team: Colorado Rockies


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