In the Eye On Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Which players are busy establishing themselves as Comeback Player of the Year candidates?
For a player to qualify as a comeback candidate, he must have dropped far below his usual production in the season prior, get hurt or -- ideally! -- both. So each of the names to follow has established the possibility of a comeback -- set to swells of orchestral music -- by first enduring upheavals of one kind or another.
Spoiler! You will find an Upton brother among the names to follow. You will find a handful of Red Sox and Yankees. You'll find a handful of former Angels. You will find a guy who spent almost two full years out of major-league baseball. You'll find a regrettable contract or three. But most of all you'll find players fighting their way back in a way that only baseball allows. So get all inspired and stuff if that's your thing.
Please note that, for purposes of this installment of the EOB Top 10s, we're not concerned about whether any of these performances are sustainable. It's merely a recognition of the fact that the names to follow have thus far rebounded in a notable way. Got it?
So let us now recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. Feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.