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.
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