Will Yoder
Wednesday December 21st, 2011

Michael Cuddyer, who recently signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, wrote a thank you blog post on FoxSportsNorth.com to the people of Minnesota. The 32-year-old had played his entire 11-year-career with the Twins prior to his decision to sign with Colorado.

“As I sit down and reflect, words cannot express the relationships that my wife, Claudia, and I have developed,” Cuddyer said in a post Wednesday. “I could sit and think about which game I remember the most or pick out which moment of my Twins career is most memorable. However, it's the people — not the events — who have made my time here so unique and special. In this final article, I wanted to make a list — a list of what I am grateful for and of the friendships and relationships I cherish.”

In the lengthy post, Cuddyer thanked local charities, Target Field stadium workers, his babysitters, trainers, field staff, teammates, and the Twins front office. He specifically thanked longtime manager Ron Gardenhire as well as Terry Ryan, Bill Smith, and Dave St. Peter. Cuddyer was named to his first-ever All-Star team in 2011 after hitting .284/.346/.459 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI.

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