Sunday, October 21, 2012

Buster Posey becomes youngest player to win MLB Comeback Player of the Year

After suffering a season ending ankle injury in May of 2011, San Francisco Giants All-Star catcher, Buster Posey has been named the 2012 National League Comeback Player of the Year. At just 25 years old, he is the youngest player to win the award.

Buster Posey had a banner year in 2012. He made his 1st All-Star game. His 24 homeruns and knocked in 103 RBI led all MLB catchers, while his .336 batting average and 172 OPS+ led all MLB players. He is also the favorite to win the 2012 National League MVP. If he wins the MVP award, he will become the first player to win an MVP and Comeback Player of the Year in the same season.

This is not to be The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year. The TSN award has been around since the 1960's, MLB doesn't recognize it as an "Official" MLB award. MLB started issuing their own award in 2005...

...but just in case you were wondering... Gary Sheffield is the youngest person to win the TSN Comeback Player of the Year (1992, 23 years old). Terry Pendleton won the TSN award and National League MVP in 1991.

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