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Kirby Puckett Award


The Kirby Puckett Award recognizes a Twins alumni player or coach who best exemplifies Puckett's legacy of community service and involvement. The winner receives $5,000 from the Twins Community Fund to be granted to the charity of their choice.

2019 Winner: Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau was elected American League MVP in only his second full season in the Major Leagues, but he has been an MVP in the community since he first put on a Twins uniform. Since moving back to Minnesota full-time after his retirement from baseball, Justin's community work has only grown.

Morneau works to raise funds and acts as a spokesman for youth with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. He founded the Arthritis Foundation's Casino Night fundraiser, and in 2017 served as a spokesperson for a camp specialized for kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Justin has also been instrumental of the success of the annual "Home for the Holidays" event with the Minnesota Assistance Council of Veterans (MAC-V) at Target Field. The event connects veterans experiencing home insecurity with services and resources they can use, as well as providing each attendee a hygiene care package and a warm holiday meal. Justin serves as a guest speaker at the event each year and spends hours visiting with the veterans in attendance.

Justin and his wife Krista have hosted a holiday coat drive in the Twin Cities annually since his playing days, collecting coats for local homeless shelters in the cold winter months. In 2018, the drive collected and distributed more than 7,600 coats.

In addition to the charitable work mentioned above, Morneau spends countless hours signing autographs at TwinsFest, benefitting the Twins Community Fund.

Past Winners

2018 - Corey Koskie
2017 - Tim Laudner
2016 - Jim "Mudcat" Grant
2015 - Julio Becquer
2014 - Jim Kaat
2013 - Frank Quilici
2012 - Roy Smalley
2011 - Terry Steinbach

2010 - Bert Blyleven
2009 - Rod Carew
2008 - Kent Hrbek
2007 - Tony Oliva
2006 - Harmon Killebrew