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Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:59 am
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By Matt Snyder

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been named the American League comeback player of the year, while Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman has won the NL award. The comeback player of the year is given to one player in each league who has "re-emerged on the baseball field" in each given season. It is voted upon by the 30 MLB.com team beat writers.

Berkman, 34, appeared to be pretty much cooked after last season. The five-time All-Star had hit .248 with only 14 home runs, but it wasn't just the stats. He was out of shape, slow and had lost tons of bat speed. Then the Cardinals signed him and told him he was going to play right field. That, in combination with reported embarrassment over his drastic loss in performance, caused Berkman to significantly step up his offseason training regimen. The result was his sixth All-Star Game and a return to being one of the more feared power hitters in baseball. He hit .301 with a .959 OPS, 31 home runs, 94 RBI and 90 runs.

Ellsbury, 28, played only 18 games last season after having led the AL in stolen bases the previous two seasons -- and he also led in triples in 2009. Injuries just killed his 2010 season. This one was a different story, as it's entirely possible he wins the AL MVP. Ellsbury hit .321 with a .376 on-base percentage and outstanding defense. He also added power to his arsenal, racking up 32 home runs, 105 RBI and 46 doubles. His speed and table-setting ability didn't go away, either, as he scored 119 runs and stole 39 bases.

Last season's winners were Tim Hudson of the Braves and Francisco Liriano of the Twins.

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Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Congratulations to both players. Very well deserved especially to Lance Berkman.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Double D, apart from Nixon and Conine, everybody in your team played for either the Cubs or the White Sox! I'll take a wild guess... and say you're from Chicago!

Not a bad team though, I'd say they'd get through a DS, but maybe not a CS. 



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Congrats to these guys.  Berkman is a class-act and it was really nice to see him back at the top of his game.  Ellsbury is back to being Ellsbury, so that's as good as it gets for the Sox.  Kudos to Michael Morse - even though it really wasn't a comeback, but more of a breakout, it's been a long road for the big guy.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Double D, you effin stupid? Bagwell is happily retired, and was on last years HOF ballet, and will be on this years ballot as well. I say 5 years before he's in. Bagwell had a tremendous career and wouldnt waste his time playing fall ball. He doesn't need your stupid crap, neither does this board...

And what kinda all-time team is that? Baerga? Otis Nixon? I hope that your account was hacked or something, cuz it sounds like you never watched a baseball game in your life



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

DoubleD22, is that a joke? World Series champs? Not even play offs. Might lead the league in strike outs.



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:53 am
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

My all-team line up:

CF - Otis Nixon
1B- Jeff Coninie
2B - Micky Moridini
SS- Jeff Blauser
3B - Gary Gietti
OF- Henry Rodriguez
OF-Brain McRae
OF-Harold Baines
C-Scott Servais
P- Steve Traschel

World Series Champs if this team was ever assembled!



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:49 am
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Is this a good award to win?  Hey congrats from coming back from such a terrible season last year.  Killer B's, where is the Bagwell at? Answer:  hitting bombs in the Mexican Fall Ball League.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:23 am
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

His speed and table-setting ability didn't go away, either, as he scored 119 runs and stole 39 bases.

Even that couldnt help the biggest collapse in sports history



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:12 am
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

Both players NL Cardinals RF Lance Berkman and AL Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury deserved to win the Comeback Player awards for each league.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:56 am
 

Berkman, Ellsbury win comeback player awards

It is a shame that SP Ryan Vogelsong did not win this award.  Where Berkman did comeback from being down, Vogelsong was toiling in Japan and out of baseball. 


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