The MLB has announced its final Award Winners of the 2017 MLB season and it is none other than the Comeback Player of the Year Awards.
Every Major League season has some unmet expectations as well as expectations that were far exceeded. That is why these games are played by human beings and not simulated on a computer. Anything can happen.
There is no specific requirement for an injury or a loss of time, the player just has to “re-emerged on the field during the season.” So the award basically goes to whichever player did the most “re-emerging” in each league. The players are voted on by MLB.com’s beat writers.
The 2017 MLB Comeback Player of the Year in the American League was Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas suffered an injury after a collision with teammate Alex Gordon in 2016 which restricted him to just 29 games. Moustakas followed his short 2016 campaign with the best year of his career in 2017. In 148 games, Moustakas compiled a slash line of .272/.314/.521 with 24 doubles, 38 home runs, with 85 RBI. Moustakas’ 38 home runs set a Royals franchise Record, breaking the previous record set by Steve Balboni, who hit 36 long balls in 1985.
The 2017 Comeback Player of the Year in the National League was Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland.
Holland was unable to pitch in 2016 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Despite this, Holland hit the ground running and put up a career year with a 3-6 win-loss record, a 3.61 ERA and 41 saves. The 32-year-old tied Kenley Jansen of the LA Dodgers with the second most saves in the MLB behind Alex Colome.
Coincidentally, both Moustakas and Holland are free agents this year. They were also teammates from 2011-2015.
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