Red Sox’ Ellsbury, Cardinals’ Berkman Win Comeback Player of Year Awards

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals won Major League Baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year Awards.

Ellsbury, Boston’s 28-year-old center fielder, hit .321 with 32 home runs, 105 runs batted in and 119 runs scored. After being limited to 18 games because of injuries in 2010, Ellsbury this year joined Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in history with more than 200 hits, 100 RBI, 35 steals and 30 homers in a season.

Berkman, 35, hit .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBI while playing outfield and first base for the Cardinals. In 2010, he hit a combined .248 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI for the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

The awards are voted on by the 30 team beat reporters for, the official website of Major League Baseball.

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