New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera and Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano were honored as Major League Baseball’s comeback players of 2013.
Rivera, 43, who retired at the end of this season after compiling an MLB-record 652 saves in 19 years with the Yankees, was selected as the American League winner.
Rivera, who helped lead the Yankees to five World Series championships, had 44 saves and made his 13th All-Star team in 2013 after being limited to nine appearances, and five saves, in the previous season because he tore a ligament in his right knee in early May.
Liriano, 30, went 16-8 with a 3.02 earned run average this season as his Pittsburgh Pirates reached the playoffs for the first time since 1992. In 2012, he went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox.
Liriano, who won the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2010, is the first player to win the honor twice since its inception in 2005.
The awards were announced last night by MLB.
Rivera also won two honors last night in the Players Choice Awards, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Rivera won the Man of the Year award as well as the AL comeback player designation.
Liriano also won the Players Choice Award as the NL comeback player of the year.
Third baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was selected by his peers as the Player of the Year and the AL’s Outstanding Player for the second straight season. Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen was chosen as the NL’s Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year.
Also receiving Players Choice awards were: AL Outstanding Pitcher: Max Scherzer, Detroit; AL Outstanding Rookie: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays; NL Outstanding Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers; and NL Outstanding Rookie: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins.
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