At the end of every year, Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America comes out with their yearly awards, ranging from the Rookie of the Year to the Cy Young Award winner. One of the more interesting ones, for me, has always been the Comeback Player of the Year. It can either represent a feel good story or an unpredictable rebound, but it is awarded to the player in each league who bounces back the best from an otherwise dismal year. The preceding year can either be because of performance or because of missing the year because of injury. For 2013, the Comeback Players of the Year in the American League was Mariano Rivera.
Rivera’s award not only made for a feel good story, but was also representative of the best closer in baseball. After missing practically all of 2012 with a knee injury sustained while shagging flies during batting practice, Rivera came back in 2013 to save 44 games in his final season, bringing his career save total to 652, the most of all time.
This season brings about a new list of names who could be considered Comeback Player of the Year. Here are my favorites in the American League.