David Price of the Boston Red Sox and Jonny Venters of the Atlanta Braves have been named the 2018 Comeback Players of the Year.
Venters’ comeback was nothing short of astounding. He returned to the bigs for the first time since 2012, undergoing two Tommy John surgeries in that span. Which were, in fact, his second and third Tommy John surgeries overall. This year he went 5-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA over 50 appearances, 22 of which came with the Tampa Bay Rays. He’d probably have won the award even if his arm fell off in his fifth outing, to be honest. That he was an effective full-time reliever was frankly amazing.
Price’s comeback was not anywhere near as dramatic, but it was a comeback all the same. Limited by injury to just 16 games in 2017 — 11 of which came as starts — Price returned to full time action in 2018, going 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA over 30 starts. It wasn’t a dramatic improvement in any rate stats or anything, but simply being back on the field more was a key part of helping the Red Sox win the World Series.
Update (8:23 PM ET): MASN’s Roch Kubatko talked to new GM Mike Elias, who said there has been no offer made to Hyde for the position. Elias called the report “premature.”
The Orioles are expected to name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as the new manager, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Nothing is official yet.
Hyde, 45, spent four seasons in the minors with the White Sox from 1997-2000, then played in the independent Western League in 2001 before calling it quits. He was a coach with the Marlins from 2010-12 and has been with the Cubs since 2013.
Other candidates for the Orioles’ open managerial position have included Pedro Grifol, Chip Hale, Mike Redmond, Mike Bell, and Manny Acta.
Hyde is taking over for Buck Showalter, who was at the helm of the Orioles from 2010-18. Last season, however, the Orioles finished 47-115, the worst record in team history. Hyde will be taking over a team that is rebuilding, so the expectations will be relatively low in his first couple of seasons.