Major League Baseball just announced that Rockies closer Greg Holland and Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas have been named 2017 Comeback Players of the Year. The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are presented annually to one player in each League who has “re-emerged on the field during the season.” They are voted on by MLB.com’s beat writers.
Holland missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery but came back with the Rockies to collect 41 saves and went 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA while striking out 70 batters and walking 26 over 57.1 innings pitched. He was an NL All-Star and a two-time reliever of the month this past season.
Moustakas, who was limited to 26 games in 2016 after tearing his ACL, came back to hit .272 with 38 home runs, 85 RBI and 75 runs scored over 148 games while posting a .521 slugging percentage.
Both Holland and Moustakas are free agents.
FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.
While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.
UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:
For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.
FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.