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Carl R. Pohlad Award

The Carl R. Pohlad Award recognizes outstanding community involvement and on-field performance of one current Twins player or coach each season. The winner receives $5,000 from the Twins Community Fund to be granted to the charity of their choice.

2018 Winner: Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios is a proud Puerto Rican native. He has played for his country's national team, and represents his people every time he takes the mound for the Twins. It's what Berrios does off the field in his native land that really makes the biggest difference.

Jose has created a family foundation that works to help those less fortunate in his hometown of Bayamon, as well as Puerto Rico as a whole. Specifically, Jose supports Jugar Forjadores de Esperanza, a home and school for orphaned boys in Bayamon. The home and school helps more than a dozen young boys until they are adults. Jose provides the school with food, supplies and cash for operations. Jose also helped support the school's rebuilding efforts after it was damaged in a recent hurricane. The Twins organization also helped by providing dollars and volunteer hours to help renovate the school.

Berrios was a leader in organizing charity relief efforts to the Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Berrios and his Puerto Rican teammates raised funds and collected items in Minnesota and Florida, and then worked to secure a flight to transport supplies. Jose then handed items out in Puerto Rico.

In addition to the charitable work mentioned above, he also supports organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs and Cheerful Givers. He visits local children's hospitals, and participates in the Twins' winter caravan, which visits fans in Upper Midwest communities. 

Past Winners

2017 - Kyle Gibson
2016 - Eduardo Escobar
2015 - Brian Dozier 
2014 - Brian Duensing 
2013 - Glen Perkins 
2012 - Denard Span 
2011 - Carl Pavano 
2010 - Jesse Crain 
2009 - Justin Morneau 
2008 - Joe Mauer 
2007 - Johan Santana 
2006 - Michael Cuddyer 
2005 - Ron Gardenhire

2004 - Torii Hunter 
2003 - Doug Mientkiewicz 
2002 - Brad Radke 
2001 - Corey Koskie 
2000 - Denny Hocking 
1999 - Ron Coomer 
1998 - Terry Steinbach 
1997 - Rick Aguilera 
1996 - Paul Molitor 
1995 - Kirby Puckett 
1994 - Kent Hrbek 
1993 - Brian Harper