Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman were named the respective American League and National League Comeback Players of the Year on Thursday.
Ellsbury earned the nod after rebounding from an injury-marred 2010 campaign to enjoy a career year in 2011. The 28-year-old Ellsbury batted .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs while also scoring 119 runs and stealing 39 bases for the Red Sox.
After a difficult season in 2010, Berkman batted .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs this season. The 35-year-old Berkman appeared to be in decline in 2010, hitting just .248 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.