SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) – MLB.com has revealed its Comeback Player of the Year for both the National and American Leagues. The NL winner is Giants catcher Buster Posey, while the AL winner is Rays closer Fernando Rodney.
These awards are not BBWAA awards (like MVP, Cy Young, etc.). Those awards will be revealed in November. The Comeback Player of the Year is voted upon by the 30 MLB.com team beat writers. The criteria of the Comeback Player award is that it goes to the player who has best “re-emerged on the baseball field during a given season.”
Posey, 25, hit .336/.408/.549 with 24 homers, 103 RBI, 39 doubles and 78 runs for the NL West champion Giants. He was returning this season from a broken leg suffered in May 2011 on an ugly collision at home plate. He’s also considered a frontrunner for the NL MVP, so this seems like an easy choice.
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