Red Sox's David Price, Braves' Jonny Venters win 2018 Comeback Player of the Year Awards
Price wound up playing a big role in the Red Sox's championship run
Price in 2017 made just 11 starts and worked a total of 74 2/3 innings thanks to injury. This past season, however, Price had 30 starts and more than 176 innings pitched with a 122 ERA+ and 3.54 K/BB ratio. As well, Price came up huge in the ALCS and World Series en route to Boston's title.
As for Venters, the reliever coming into this year hadn't pitched at the major-league level since 2012. In the interim, he underwent Tommy John surgery for the second and third times in his career. It was enough that Venters even returned to the highest level at all, but on top of all that he pitched well. In a combined 34 1/3 innings for the Rays and Braves, Venters put up an ERA of 3.67 with three saves. He also made two appearances against the Dodgers in the NLDS.
Via MLB, here are the past winners of the awards:
Jason Giambi, NYY
Ken Griffey Jr., CIN
Jim Thome, CWS
Nomar Garciaparra, LAD
Carlos Peña, TB
Dmitri Young, WSH
Cliff Lee, CLE
Brad Lidge, PHI
Aaron Hill, TOR
Chris Carpenter, STL
Francisco Liriano, MIN
Tim Hudson, ATL
Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
Lance Berkman, STL
Fernando Rodney, TB
Buster Posey, SF
Mariano Rivera, NYY
Francisco Liriano, PIT
Chris Young, SEA
Casey McGehee, MIA
Prince Fielder, TEX
Matt Harvey, NYM
Rick Porcello, BOS
Anthony Rendon, WSH
Mike Moustakas, KC
Greg Holland, COL
Each team has one player nominated for the Comeback Player of the Year award, and from those 30 candidates the beat reporters from MLB.com select a winner for each league.
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