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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”