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  1. Ben Sheets should be strongly considered.

    Comment by Timothy — August 17, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  2. Dunn and Strasburg

    Comment by Person — August 17, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  3. you should post the 2010’s WARs also because it comeback player of the year, not most improved player of the year.

    Comment by Greg — August 17, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  4. Dunn is almost worthy of a unanimous vote. Last year he was one of the worst players ever.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 17, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  5. When I think come back I think coming back from where. What I see here is improvement from ’12 over ’11. To make the analysis complete in a comeback sense, I would add in a column of pre-11 high and limit this year’s improvement to his comeback level.

    For example, Posey is not really a comeback candidate in my book because he is clearly still evolving and, while his injury caused a blimp on his progress, he was not really very far advanced on the full season War-scale.

    My leaders at this stage would easily be Dunn and Wright.

    Comment by Murrel — August 17, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  6. I don’t get the thought-process of giving a Comeback award to someone who isn’t coming back from anything other than being crappy for a season. I know it happens, but that doesn’t seem very legitimate to me. I’d much rather see someone who lost the last year do to injury (Posey, LaRoche) or was out of the sport (Sheets) get the award than someone who just happened to be bad the previous season.

    Comment by Charles — August 17, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  7. I think Encarnacion will get some serious consideration even though it’s much more of a breakout than a comeback just because he’s been around for a while and isn’t seen in the same breakout light as guys like Sale, Reddick . Dunn will win though, he fits the classic mold. A great player who puts up consistent stats, has 1 off year and rebounds back to his usual stats.

    I’m not sold on Wright though. He hit only slightly under his projections last year in an injury shortened season. I don’t think he will runaway with it the way Dunn will.
    Soriano will get some consideration and if Johnson and Burnett finish with shiny W-L records neither of them would shock me either.

    Comment by soamx — August 17, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

  8. Aaron Hill should be in the running for the NL, tho I agree Posey will win it.

    Comment by DD — August 17, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  9. I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s all subjective obviously but
    I don’t get giving the award to a guy like Posey who is only coming back from an injury. If he wasn’t injured last year, he would have had a great season.
    That’s not much of a comeback to me. A comeback to me has to be a situation where people wonder if you are able to produce at a high level anymore or don’t believe you can produce at a high level anymore.

    Comment by soamx — August 17, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  10. Eric Chavez anyone?

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  11. How ’bout Adam Wainwright? He doesn’t even appear on your list but he’s second in the NL behind Wright with +3.5 WAR after missing the entire 2011 season…

    Comment by salvo — August 17, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  12. Wainwright isn’t even the most productive player coming back from TJS.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

  13. Peavy????

    Comment by simo — August 17, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  14. According to BR WAR Wainwright has only been worth .9 wins.

    Comment by MauerPower — August 17, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  15. It would be an atrocity if a player hitting .207 won the “Comeback Player of The Year”. What exactly did Dunn come back and do? Set an all-time record for K’s in a season?

    Comment by The Rev — August 17, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  16. I understand that he had a good fip last year, but it was in just over one hundred innings and his ERA was horrible… because of his fip, his fangraphs WAR was still good, but honestly he has been by far more valuable in actual performance this year(RA, IP), while posting a similar projection-based stat(fip)

    Comment by simo — August 17, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  17. Dunn is also leading the league in home runs and walks. Besides potentially making stat-nerd history (he’d be the first player to lead MLB in all three TTO categories since Babe Ruth), he’s gone from one of the worst seasons ever to an above-average season.

    Comment by Ian R. — August 17, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  18. It should probably just be given to “Most of the White Sox” roster.

    At the season’s beginning, I had serious doubts about the team because in order to do well, they would have to have monster comeback years from Dunn, Rios, and Peavy. I thought that was too many questions and had them pegged hopefully for a 75-win season in a weak division. But, lo and behold, all three of those guys have been amazing while also getting career years from Pierzynski and Sale to make up for the steaming pile of crap that has been the middle infield’s bats and most of the beginning-of-the-year starting pitching’s awfulness.

    Comment by therood — August 17, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  19. Triple his home run total from last year?

    Raise his OBP by .040?

    Raise his SLG% by .210?

    Raise his wOBA by .090?

    Raise his wRC+ by 51?

    Take your pick, bro.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  20. Alternately, give it to the “Left Side of the 1993 White Sox Infield” for replacing several abysmal managerial seasons with an excellent one.

    Comment by therood — August 17, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  21. Perhaps I’m too harsh with the word “abysmal.” The team’s record on paper doesn’t merit that word, but if you had to suffer through the daily drama from the last three years, you’d probably use the word, too.

    Comment by therood — August 17, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  22. something about FIP being his actual results!

    because there’s no such thing as quality of contact if it isn’t a home run!

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  23. This might not be your kind of blog bro.

    Comment by Ted — August 17, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  24. Encarnacion for comeback player is not really close.

    Encarnacion for breakout player over 25yrs old is a strong contender. AKA the Jose Bautista Award

    Comment by siggian — August 17, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

  25. It’s more what he didn’t do. He didn’t hit 159/292/277. He didn’t get only 6 hits (5 singles, one double) against lefties. He didn’t make everybody wonder if he could still play baseball.

    After an historically bad 2011, any sign of life would have put him in the running for CPotY. Leading MLB in HR would make him a mortal lock.

    Comment by MikeS — August 17, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

  26. He was literally the worst player in baseball last season. He hit .159/.292/.277. It was what the 2nd worst season or worst season in baseball history for a single player. He had 177 K’s last season with 11HRs, 115 Total Bases. He hit more home runs in April and May alone this season then he did all last year and will have over 100 more total bases. Adam Dunn should win this award unanimously. He leads the league this season in HRs, 7th in RBIs, 15th in Runs, and 1st in walks. This will probably be the most no brainer choice of all the awards this off-season. By the way, batting average is a really bad stat, you should stop using it. ( Yes, I know I used RBIs above and it is an awful stat too.)

    Comment by Johnnynewguy — August 17, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  27. Dunn fine, Strasburg no. You don’t give Comeback of the Year to a player who had played a grand total of 1/3 of a season prior to having something to come back from.

    Comment by ecp — August 17, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  28. As far as I can tell, while everyone at fangraphs may think that fip=performance, that is not entirely true. As much as I adore the stat for projecting pitchers stats in the future, player A is not helping the team any more than player B in this hypothetical:

    Player A: 50 IP… never walks batters or gives up homeruns, strikes out two per inning pitched, gives up two bloop doubles in every inning pitched and has a 9.00 RA

    Player B: 50 IP… walks many, gives up homeruns, never strikes out batters, 9.00 RA

    While this is unlikely of ever happening, just because Player A is unlucky, he is not helping his team any more than Player B… still costing his team the same amount of runs. I would obviously prefer Player A on my team for hopes of less bad luck in the next year, but he hasn’t been any more effective this year.

    sorry to drone on, but real example from this year: John Axford and Joel Hanrahan have had similar years going by fip(Hanrahan with a 3.95 fip and 3.86 xfip and Ax with a 4.14 fip and 3.46 xfip), but, owning both in fantasy baseball, I have found much more value in Hanrahan’s 2.56 ERA than Axford’s 5.14 ERA in similar IP. They clearly do not have the same value, but Fip would say its close. Next year while drafting I may evaluate them as similar pitchers, but this year Hanrahan has been WAAAAAY more valuable

    Sorry to argue for so long fangraphs peeps… love the site, just disagree with the WAR of pitchers…

    Comment by simo — August 17, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  29. rWAR is probably not the right instrument of valuation for 2012 adam wainwright, considering he has the second-lowest FIP, xFIP, and SIERA of his career, each to only his outstanding 2010 season

    Comment by jim — August 17, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  30. I was being sarcastic, dude.

    I’m a rWAR man for pitchers.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  31. Johan Santana was looking like an excellent candidate for a while, but boy, his season has really fallen apart.

    Comment by DavidJ — August 17, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  32. yessssssiiirr

    Comment by wilt — August 17, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  33. What about Eric Chavez? Raise your hand if 2 years ago, you thought Chavez would be a solid contributor to the Yankees. As far as NL, I think AJ Burnett isn’t getting enough credit. The guy’s pretty much saved his career and for once is actually pitching up to his huge contract. Too bad it’s not with the Yankees.

    Comment by Dave — August 17, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  34. He’s still not a contender for CPOTY, though. Strasburg is also coming back from TJS and has been better in every category.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  35. hard to tell sarcasm in text haha… just wasted a lot of time writing that… oh well

    Comment by simo — August 17, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  36. I’m totally with you, soamx.

    Comment by tbad — August 17, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  37. While a legitimate case can certainly be made for Dunn, however I think Rios makes the most sense. Dunn’s overall comeback has been stronger thus far, but that’s because he fell off by so much last year. Rios wasn’t great either, however he’s the more complete player, has had the better season thus far, and ultimately makes more sense IMO.

    Comment by AJP — August 17, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  38. Holy 13 win swing for the White Sox Batman!!!

    Comment by Matty Brown — August 17, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  39. He just misses being on the NL chart (his 11-12 difference sits at 1.8 currently), but Ryan Ludwick deserves at least a mention. Also, by the time the season ends, I expect he’ll continue to expand that gap.

    Comment by KMiB — August 17, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  40. WAR is not the be all and end all stat, which brings us to Adam Dunn. As a DH, he’ll never be able to keep up in WAR. He’s all about the bat, and getting back to a 120 wRC+ (career average 125 wRC+) after posting a 59 wRC+? I doubt anyone else had that kind of hitting turnaround.

    Comment by Mac — August 17, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  41. What about Melky Ca….ohhhh

    Comment by Steve — August 17, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  42. Eric Chavez has. Up to 138 from 79 last year.

    And he has almost as many WAR as Dunn in 40 less games.

    And he’s actually coming back from something other than being terrible.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  43. I was going by the WAR used in the list, which is from Fangraph’s site, and that has Wainwright at 3.5, Strasburg at 4.0.

    But one could argue Strasburg’s comeback began last year, in which he made 11 starts (6 in the minors, 5 with the Nationals) and amassed 1.1 WAR. So he’s only been worth 2.9 more WAR so far in 2012 than in 2011.

    Wainwright will probably throw about 50 more innings in 2012 than will Strasburg, and he’s only been getting better as the season has progressed.

    Comment by salvo — August 17, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  44. By that reckoning Adam Wainwright looks pretty good:
    2009: 5.7 WAR
    2010: 6.1 WAR
    2011: 0.0 WAR (missed entire season)
    2012: 4.8 (projected)

    Comment by salvo — August 17, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  45. I don’t think Strasburg should get it either. Both of them are just picking up where they left off before they got hurt, I don’t think that’s much of a “comeback”

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 17, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  46. Dunn is a no- brainer in the AL and Wright should be the favorite in the NL (although he is slumping badly now and might jeopardize his shot.) It’s curious that you consider Posey a candidate. He wasn’t having a bad season when he got hurt last year. Unless you are using the subjective criteria that he has come back from a devastating injury (which would then qualify the likes of Wainwright.)

    Comment by Dave Mawson — August 17, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  47. Pure WAR diff is not the best measure. Comeback really does imply that the player had to suck last year. For fantasy sabernuts, the player had to suck so bad that it made a mockery of all “buy-low – he’s had bad luck – he’s bound to regress back to normal” thinking. This player had to completely trash that and make you challenge all your assumptions. You are the one who bought-low on Dunn – and then watched him obliterate your team and you still couldn’t pull the trigger and drop him. To suck so bad that you along with every other fan is yelling “Fire the bum” every time he comes out to play. A player who continued to play last year – despite the suckitude – because everyone had expectations of better than replacement performance.

    So I’d eliminate all those whose 2011 WAR was positive.

    At any rate, Dunn is the only one worthy of the award with Rios a very very distant second.

    Comment by jfree — August 17, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  48. And more surprisingly, he’s actually playing a solid third base. I wouldn’t have been too surprised if you told me he’d be hitting this well back in March, but I never thought he’d actually be playing third base and looking good doing it.

    Comment by Dave — August 17, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  49. In the AL, I think someone is even more remarkable than Dunn.

    In fact, this player is so great, he managed to have an extraordinarily crappy season (as noteworthy as Dunn’s) AND an undeniably MVP-quality season — in the SAME YEAR!!

    I nominate, for Comeback Player of the Year, the legendary…Albert Pujols!!

    Comment by MuseumTwenty — August 17, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  50. Thank God it’s not with the yankees

    Comment by diegosanchez — August 17, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  51. What about Fernando Rodney?

    Comment by asaenz — August 17, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  52. He should be a front runner in the AL

    Comment by asaenz — August 17, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

  53. Posey should be the winner hands down. The question after the devastating hit by Hit-man Cousins, who said he was thinking collision the moment he left 3B, was whether he could even play again after recovery, let alone dominate like he has.

    His is not the normal comeback scenario, where a guy was up then down, and now up again, but he’s lucky just to be playing, let alone leading the league for catchers in a number of offensive categories.

    Comment by obsessivegiantscompulsive — August 17, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  54. I’m with soamx except for when the injury is a situation where people wonder if the player can ever be the same player again, or even expect that he can’t. For instance, if Chase Utley has a 7 win season next year, I think that would merit a Comeback Player of the Year award.

    Comment by Mcneildon — August 17, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  55. You didn’t waste your time writing that because I read it and disagree slightly with your take, although I think you’re spot-on about how fip does not necessarily give you the best measure of a pitcher’s contributions or effectiveness in a given year.

    Fip is great for projecting, but it isn’t really a projection tool; it measures what happened. However, it only measures results when the results are strikeouts, walks, or homeruns. So it does measure performance, but ignores a majority of “what happens” when a pitcher is pitching.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I’m totally on board with the main emphasis of your point.

    Comment by Mcneildon — August 17, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  56. Exactly – I don’t see how Wainright could be overlooked here.

    Comment by KJOK — August 17, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  57. My thoughts exactly. He has to at least be in contention.

    Comment by Mitchell — August 17, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  58. Mea culpa – I whiffed on Wainwright. He absolutely should be, and likely will be, a strong candidate for the award, included up with Posey and Wright.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — August 17, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  59. Exactly. There was speculation that it could end his career completely. Not to mention, his “comeback,” others may not be as familiar as giants fans but we’ve seen so much footage of all the work he put in to rehab and come back so quickly and as good as he was before…

    I think this award is made for someone like him who came back when he could have been done and worked to make sure he wasn’t.

    Comment by Rob — August 17, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  60. And I’m with Charles. I think giving the award to someone like Posey is kind of like acknowledging how much it sucks to be injured and out for quite a while. Otherwise, you’re kind of rewarding someone for not being able to control the things he should be able to control the year before.

    Comment by BenH — August 17, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

  61. I tend to agree… and really, Rios’ overall comeback ain’t quite that far behind Dunn’s either. We’re only talking 0.6 WAR out of 4-plus thus far, and near as I can tell, Rios seems to be trending better than Dunn in the past couple months.

    Yeah, it’s hard to tell whether their performance trends will continue the same way, but I’m guessing Rios will catch up w/ (and possibly surpass) Dunn on the overall comeback WAR total by the end of the year. It just seems like Dunn has gradually reverted back to what he did last year after a hot first couple months — and his numbers for Aug thus far look a lot like last year’s numbers. It’s kinda odd too how Dunn’s performance is trending, ie. he’s basically reverting back to the awful BABIP he had last year on top of the record-pacing K rate although he’s still currently managing a bit more power than last year. I wonder if he’s not facing more lefties of late than earlier in the year while pitchers may also be adjusting to him.

    Meanwhile, Rios has not shown nearly as much signs of slowing down overall — he was hottest in June and July, but might be settling down somewhere close to his still very respectable true talent level this month.

    Of course, even if I’m right about them, Dunn’s comeback has clearly been publicized and hyped much more than Rios’, so Dunn will still likely win the award unless he completely collapses the rest of the way, which is not exactly improbable…

    Comment by TheUncool — August 17, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  62. IF Dunn only faced righties like Chavez, he might look that much better too.

    Comment by TheUncool — August 17, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  63. I think Dunn might be a no-brainer only because of all the publicity he’s gotten. Near as I can tell, he’s actually in significant danger of a collapse down the stretch based on how he’s been trending since his hot first couple months. And Rios may well catch up and surpass him in that WAR diff number by the end of the year even if he doesn’t completely collapse.

    But yes, I think Dunn will win it *IF* he doesn’t collapse the rest of the way…

    Comment by TheUncool — August 17, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

  64. I wouldn’t bet on Dunn winning the AL Comeback Player award just yet.

    Dunn’s trending badly since his initial hot couple months. Whatever the cause, if he keeps that up, he may collapse enough to let Rios surpass him significantly for the award.

    At this point, short of a full collapse down the stretch, I’m thinking Dunn will likely win mainly because of the publicity that’s surrounded him all along (compared to Rios), not because his actual comeback (per WAR diff) will be higher than Rios’ by the end of the year.

    This is definitely not a no-brainer (like some suggest) just yet…

    Comment by TheUncool — August 17, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  65. sorry to be that guy, but it is “a historically”. the word “historic(ally)” does not start with a vowel sound.

    had to get that off my chest. i see it all the time and it drives me fucking crazy.

    on with the chlorophyll!

    Comment by tyke — August 18, 2012 @ 1:37 am

  66. For the NL, it’s not close.
    It’s Buster Posey, and he’ll get 90% of the votes. There was a ton of sympathy for his injury last year. The Giants were comfortably in first place when it happened (3 games up and on pace for 93 wins) and their subsequent fall emphasized his value (8 games out and 86 wins).
    Swydan writes about Wright being three years removed from a great season and that his injury being a result of “wear and tear” rather than a freak occurrence like Posey’s as a positive factor for the award. That’s not the case at all.
    Posey’s story is the kind of story people love. He was great, (Rookie of the Year, World Series Champ his first [and only full] year), and then endured an absolutely horrific, visually gruesome, and arguably malignant and ruthless injury that ended his second year tragically. And now? An immediate happy ending, he’s great again (and not just by rookie standards, definite MVP candidate), the Giants are in first again, he’s completely overcome the setback, Hollywood couldn’t have written a happier ending.
    David Wright is a great baseball player. David Wright is not a compelling story. The Mets aren’t relevant this year, or last year, or the year before . . . Buster Posey’s Giants have never been anything but contenders.
    This race is over, and it will be a landslide.

    Comment by TallGuy — August 18, 2012 @ 5:31 am

  67. I’m with you. He is in the midst of a really nice bounce back season and as a bonus has really stepped it up when they needed him the most. He is showing no sign of slowing down either.

    Comment by jirish — August 18, 2012 @ 5:38 am

  68. Ben Sheets, no doubt. Read this, and tell me he doesn’t deserve the award.

    Comment by RussianCirlces — August 18, 2012 @ 8:54 am

  69. If your definition of Comeback player is a guy that was totally crucified by the fans for sucking before turning into a critical player, then Encarnacion has to come back into the conversation.

    (Rasmus too, as far as Blue Jays go.)

    Comment by dougiejays — August 18, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

  70. plus, he’s a Yankee. That means he’ll get like double points or something.

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  71. those be clown questions bro.

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  72. what if he finishes below the Mendoza Line, bro?

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

  73. plus he’s a Yankee! yay!

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  74. did he win it last year in KC?

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

  75. who knows what the definition is? its like MVP, apparently it counts less if you’re raking for the cellar dwellar than if you’re playing for the pennant winners.

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  76. who?

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  77. you’re not an impartial observer.

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

  78. are you a Giants’ fan by any chance?

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

  79. they need a Reverse Comeback Player of the Year Award. how about a column on that, boss?

    Comment by No_Comment — August 18, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  80. @No_Comment
    Can you give an example of a Yankee winning an award undeservingly?

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 18, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  81. @TheUncool
    How many back surgeries has Dunn had?

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  82. Twins fan?

    Twins fan.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 18, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  83. How about Kendrys Morales? The guy missed 2 years with the same career threatening injury and has come back and is putting up pretty respectable numbers considering.

    Surely a guy like Morales coming back from a devastating injury, that nearly cost him his career, fits the definition of comeback player of the year far better than the sucky Adam Dunn season of 2011?

    Guess this can apply to Sheets and Chavez too who have overcome long term injuries.

    Comment by George Uk — August 18, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  84. Are you saying them gold gloves aint deserved?

    Comment by Derek Jeter — August 19, 2012 @ 1:44 am

  85. Boston? Yikes.

    Yankees fan + living in boston?

    Comment by a — August 19, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  86. I had a blimp on my progress once. Painful business.

    Comment by Sam Samson — August 19, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  87. I was going to say every Jeter gold glove ever, but Mr. Jeter beat me to it himself. His range and speed were better than I expected.

    Comment by Sam Samson — August 19, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  88. The Gold Glove is a fielding award?

    I didn’t realize people still paid attention to it after Palmeiro won in 1999 while playing 130 games at DH.

    Did Torii Hunter win all of those Gold Gloves because of Yankee Bias?

    What about Michael Young?
    Adam Jones?
    Nick Markakis?

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — August 19, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  89. Not only should Dunn win Comeback Player of the Year, Kenny Williams should win Comeback GM of the Year.

    Comment by Matt M — August 20, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  90. I have to agree that I wouldn’t give it to Dunn. When you probably get lucky overall and still struggle to manage 2.0 WAR it is hard for me to consider you a comeback player of the year even if you were just awful the year before.

    Comment by Ender — August 20, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  91. I’m late to the party and I’m sure it’s been said, but Eric Chavez and Adam LaRoche are the players might heart chose.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — August 20, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  92. Why not? He came back from a serious injury and has been dominant. I think the fact he pitched a couple months last year probably rules him out, but I don’t see why it excludes him. Let’s say Mike Trout broke his leg Kendry Morales style tomorrow and missed 2013. You don’t think he’s a candidate for the award in 2014? I sure do.

    Comment by Greg — August 22, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  93. I think the award can go to either type of player since both types involve coming back from something, whether it be injury or poor performance. I think Dunn should get it for being historically awful and bouncing back, and Posey* should get it for coming back from such a gruesome and potentially career threatening injury and having a ridiculously good season.

    *Disclaimer: I’m a huge Posey fan and think he should be Comeback Player, MVP, Mr. Universe, and President of Earth. So I might be a bit biased…

    Comment by J-Rock — September 20, 2012 @ 3:53 am

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