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Cuddyer: Best #5 ever?

As he departs for Denver, The StarTribune ranks Michael Cuddyer as the single best #5 in Minnesota sports history. He beat out some strong competition, including legendary Twin Roy Smalley and former Timberwolf Doug West.
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As he departs for Denver, The StarTribune ranks Michael Cuddyer as the single best #5 in Minnesota sports history. He beat out some strong competition, including legendary Twin Roy Smalley and former Timberwolf Doug West.

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