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Buster Posey and Fernando Rodney win Comeback Player of the Year awards

Oct 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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Award season is upon us.

MLB just announced that Giants catcher Buster Posey and Rays reliever Fernando Rodney are the Comeback Player of the Year winners, as voted on by MLB.com writers.

Posey missed most of last season after breaking his ankle in a home plate collision, but returned to play 146 games while hitting .336 to win the NL batting title and will get strong support for MVP.

Rodney came back from being terrible rather than an injury, but his story is perhaps even more remarkable. Last season he was demoted to mop-up man in the Angels’ bullpen thanks to a 4.50 ERA and more walks than strikeouts in 32 innings. And this year, at age 35, all he did was top Dennis Eckersley to set the all-time record for lowest ERA by a pitcher with 50 or more innings at 0.60.

Last season’s Comeback Player of the Year winners were Jacoby Ellsbury and Lance Berkman, both of whom had rough enough follow-up seasons that they could win the award again in 2013.

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