Red Sox's David Price, Braves' Jonny Venters win 2018 Comeback Player of the Year Awards

Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price and Atlanta Braves left-hander Jonny Venters have been named, respectively, AL and NL Comeback Player of the Year. 

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: 


American League

National League


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 select a winner for each league. 

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