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The MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award is the newest annual award officially sponsored by Major League Baseball. It is given to one player in each league who has reemerged as a star in that season.
This award, officially called the Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award presented by Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), is a supplement to The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award, first given in 1965.
The MLB award was first established in 2005. A committee made up of representatives of MLB and the editorial staff of its official website, MLB.com, shortlists six players in each league. The winner in each league is selected from the shortlist by an online poll of fans through MLB.com.
This article contains a complete list of TSN award winners from 1965 through 2004, as it was the only recognized "comeback" award of that era.
TSN Comeback Player of the Year AwardEdit
- Norm Cash (2), Detroit Tigers, AL
- Al Downing, Los Angeles Dodgers, NL
- Boog Powell (2), Cleveland Indians, AL
- Randy Jones, San Diego Padres, NL
- Rick Sutcliffe (2), Baltimore Orioles,
- Gary Sheffield, San Diego Padres, NL
- Bret Saberhagen (2), Boston Red Sox, AL
- Greg Vaughn, San Diego Padres, NL
- Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, AL
- Andrés Galarraga (2), Atlanta Braves, NL
MLB Comeback Player of the Year AwardEdit
- The only players to be named twice in the American League are Norm Cash, Boog Powell, and Bret Saberhagen.
- The only players to be named twice in the National League are Andrés Galarraga and Chris Carpenter.
- The only player to be named in both leagues is Rick Sutcliffe.
- Griffey and Giambi also received TSN Comeback Player honors in 2005.