San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney today received Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year awards.
Posey and Rodney, both first-time All-Stars in 2012, were selected by a group of reporters from MLB.com, baseball announced today in an e-mailed statement. Given annually since 2005, the award recognizes one player from each league who has “re-emerged on the field during the season,” according to the statement.
Posey, 25, captured the National League batting title this season after hitting .336 with a career-high 24 home runs and 103 runs batted-in. The NL Rookie of the Year in 2010, Posey played 45 games in 2011 before breaking his leg in a collision at home plate.
Rodney was 2-2 with 48 saves and a 0.60 earned-run average this season, his first with the Rays. Last season, as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, he was 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA and three saves.
Rodney’s 0.60 ERA in 2012 set a baseball record for relief pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched, according to the release. The 35-year-old also won baseball’s most outstanding relief pitcher award.
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