In 2013, the National League Comeback Player was not someone coming off of a season lost to injury, but a player who actually did perform terribly and followed it up with a huge, significant year. The Comeback Player of the Year award went to Francisco Liriano.
Liriano split 2012 between the Twins and the White Sox, not pitching well for either club. Overall, he went 3-10 with a 5.34 ERA. He followed in 2013 with a fantastic year for the Pirates, going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA, finishing 9th in the NL Cy Young vote, and being one of the leaders as Pittsburgh made its first playoff berth in decades.
Here are my top three candidates for the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year.