Posted October 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney have been selected Comeback Players of the Year. Posey returned from a broken leg to win the NL batting title this season, hitting .336 with a career-high 24 homers and 103 RBI while leading the Giants to the NL West title. Posey played in only 45 games in 2011 after being injured in a violent collision at home plate on May 25. A first-time All-Star, Rodney had 48 saves in his first year with the Rays. He was 2-2 with a 0.60 ERA, a record for a reliever with at least 50 innings. In 74 2/3 innings, Rodney allowed just five earned runs and 43 hits. He was also chosen as delivery man of the year. Rodney struggled with a back injury in 2011 and lost his role as the Los Angeles Angels' closer, finishing with three saves. The awards were voted on by the 30 beat writers of MLB.com and announced Friday.
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