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Comeback Players of the Year

As you may or may not know, this is Awards Week for my blog, and it continues today with my picks for the Comeback Player of the Year award for each league.  Here are my choices and the runners-up. 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Frank Thomas — Oakland Athletics

The Big Hurt is at it again this season, after seeing his 2004 and 2005 campaigns ravaged by injuries.  Frank Thomas is batting .269 with 38HR and 108RBI this season, providing much-needed pop to the middle of the Oakland Athletics’ lineup.  This has been Thomas’ best year since he hit a ridiculous .328 with 43HR and 143RBI for the White Sox in 2000.  The Big Hurt’s performance this season has made him, by far, the best value signing of the 2005 offseason, as the A’s are paying Thomas a tiny fraction of what he’s worth — the Big Hurt is earning just 500000 plus incentives this year.  There’s no player in baseball right now who has made a better comeback from being considered a thing of the past, to becoming a feared hitter once again. 

Runners-Up: Magglio Ordonez (Tigers), Curt Schilling (Red Sox)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Scott Rolen (St. Louis Cardinals)

There were plenty of NL Candidates with a solid case for the CPotY award to choose from, but I think Scott Rolen stands out from the pack.  He had his 2005 season ravaged by a shoulder injury which culminated in shoulder surgery — a tough injury to overcome and still be able to maintain your offensive production.  Rolen is hitting .294 with 21HR and 92RBI this season, a slip from his 2004 statistics, but impressive considering the seriousness of Rolen’s ailment last season.  Rolen is a big reason why the Cardinals will make the playoffs this year, and he deserves a ton of credit for the comeback he has made.  Scott Rolen is fully deserving of a CPotY award to honor his return to greatness. 

Runners-Up: Nomar Garciaparra (Dodgers), Carlos Beltran (Mets)

So once again, my picks for the Comeback Player of the Year award are Frank Thomas and Scott Rolen

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Trivia Time!

Here’s the answer to yesterday’s question…

Q: Adam LaRoche’s brother, Andy LaRoche, is currently a top prospect for which team?

A: Los Angeles Dodgers

Here’s today’s question…

The only NL player to win two Comeback Player of the Year awards is Andres Galarraga — the “Big Cat”.  With which two teams did he win the two awards? 

For an extra challenge … What years did Galarraga win the CPotY?

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