Posey, Rodney Selected as Baseball Comeback Players of the Year

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.

-- Editors: Michael Sillup, Jay Beberman

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