Talk about finding a "diamond in the rough." Before the 2012 MLB season started, the Tampa Bay Rays signed journeyman relief pitcher, Fernando Rodney to a one year $2 million contract (with a $2.5 option for another year). He returned the favor by saving 48 games and setting a new single season ERA record for relief pitchers at 0.60. The previous record was set by Dennis Eckersley back in 1991 with 0.61.
At 35 years old, Rodney also made his first All-Star game in 2012 and is among the favorites to win the 2012 American League Cy Young Award (although I think it will go to his teammate, David Price).
MLB has announced their Most Improved Player since 2005. Cliff Lee is the only pitcher to win both the MLB Comeback Player of the Year and Cy Young awards in the same season (2008). Mike McCormick won both the Cy Young and TSN Comeback Player of the Year (not an official MLB award) in 1967.
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