Awards season has officially commenced. On Monday night, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was named AL Comeback Player of the Year for 2013. In the National League, Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano won the award for the second time in his career (he also won as a member of the Twins in 2010).
Rivera missed almost all of the 2012 season after tearing his ACL while shagging flies early in the year. In his retirement season of 2013, however, Rivera bounced back to a author a 2.11 ERA (192 ERA+) and converted 44 of 51 save opportunities in 64 innings of work.
As for Liriano, he posted ERAs higher than 5.00 in 2011 and 2012, but improved in 2013 -- his first season in Pittsburgh -- to the tune of a 3.02 ERA (117 ERA+) in 161 innings.
Other finalists in the AL included Eric Hosmer of the Royals, Scott Kazmir of the Indians and Victor Martinez of the Tigers. In the NL, Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies, Chase Utley of the Phillies and Jayson Werth of the Nationals also vied for the award.