You never want to be a candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year Award — it means bad stuff happened, right? — but if you do find yourself needing to bounce back it sure must feel like some good validation to win it. This year’s two winners were just announced: Matt Harvey in the NL, Prince Fielder in the AL.
Harvey missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. And, while there were controversies regarding his usage by the Mets, he had a great comeback season. He posted a 2.71 ERA in 29 regular-season starts and struck out 188 batters in 189.1 regular season innings. He likewise pitched four times in the playoffs, including an excellent, though ultimately losing, Game 5.
Fielder appeared in just 42 games last season before requiring season-ending surgery on his neck in 2014. He came back and put up a .305/.378/.463 line with 23 home runs and 98 RBI while playing in 158 games and helping the Rangers win the American League West.
Normally a player who missed an entire year and then put up .250/.356/.486 with 33 homers at age 40 would get strong consideration, but I suppose that when your name is Alex Rodriguez and the reason you missed a year was because of your own malfeasance, that’s gonna count against you with the voters.
The end of the World Series means the beginning of the hot stove league. It also means the beginning of awards season.
There are more award now than ever. The BBWAA awards like the MVP and Cy Young Award we all know and love (and all love to fight about). MLB’s own shadow award that no one really cares about. The Gold Glove Awards which, venerable name aside, are completely irrelevant. Then some sponsored awards we forget exist each year until the moment they’re given and immediately forget again thereafter.
Major League Baseball just announced the timing of the handing out of these awards. At least the ones they broadcast on their television network. Plan your schedule accordingly:
- Monday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. ET: Players Choice Awards presented by MLB The Show
- Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Awards finalists
- Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m. ET: Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards
- Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. ET: Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger
- Monday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Rookie of the Year Awards
- Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Manager of the Year Awards
- Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Cy Young Awards
- Thursday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Most Valuable Player Awards
- Friday, November 20, 8:00 p.m. ET: 2015 Esurance MLB Awards
So, basically, November 16-19 is all any of will really care about. And, if you’d like to just avoid watching these shows, check back here about the same time as we’ll be posting the winners. Because no matter how hard MLB tries to make entertainment out of these awards, they’re basically just news nuggets.
Just ahead of Game 2 of the World Series, Major League Baseball has announced that Yankees closer Andrew Miller and Pirates closer Mark Melancon are the recipients of this year’s Reliever of the Year awards.
It’s called the Mariano Rivera Award in the American League and the Trevor Hoffman Award in the National League.
Miller, a 30-year-old left-hander, posted a 2.04 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings this season for New York while tallying 36 saves. He signed a four-year, $36 million free agent contract with the Yankees last winter and is living up to that lofty price tag thus far.
Melancon had a 2.23 ERA and a league-leading 51 saves in 76 2/3 innings with the Pirates. The 30-year-old right-hander is eligible for arbitration for the final time this winter.
The two pitchers were present Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium to receive their awards.