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Francisco Liriano and Tim Hudson win Comeback Player of the Year awards

Oct 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

MLB announced this afternoon that Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano and Braves right-hander Tim Hudson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards for their respective leagues.
Liriano struggled last year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, going 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA, but was one of baseball’s best starters this year with a 3.62 ERA and 201/58 K/BB ratio in 192 innings.
Hudson also gets the award for thriving after Tommy John surgery, although he’s about a year ahead of Liriano’s timetable. Hudson pitched well in seven starts for the Braves down the stretch last season after returning from the surgery and went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA his season, ranking second among NL pitchers in starts (34) and fourth in innings (229).
I’ve already heard from several people questioning why Hudson was chosen over R.A. Dickey, but “comeback season” isn’t necessarily synonymous with “surprise season” and Dickey didn’t technically come back from anything unless you count surgeries that were years ago or a decade of mediocre pitching.
Last year’s winners were Aaron Hill in the AL and Chris Carpenter in the NL.

  1. birdmancometh - Oct 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    “Who didn’t win the comeback player of the year?” Well, it was…..U R.A. Dickey

  2. Trevor B - Oct 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    In order for Dickie to “come back” he would have to have left the spotlight, problem is he was never in the spotlight to come back. This was Dickey’s freshman year as a “star” player.

  3. Cantankerous - Oct 5, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Shouldn’t the Comeback Player of the Year go to a player coming back from an injury? Isn’t that what everyone automatically thinks of in terms of this award? And by that logic, shouldn’t Liriano have missed out on his chance to win since he came back last year? Or am I completely missing something and/or overthinking this?

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