Fernando Rodneys storybook year with the Tampa Bay Rays includes a new chapter today.
The man who set the all-time major league mark with a spectacular ERA of 0.60 and set the Rays saves record with 48 was named American League Comeback Player of the Year and MLBs Delivery Man of the Year.
The latter honor recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher of the regular season and is voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Not bad for a journeyman reliever who showed up at camp in Port Charlotte, Fla., in February not even knowing what his bullpen role would be. The closer role had been handled by Kyle Farnsworth in 2011, and Rodney just wanted to contribute following two frustrating seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.
But when Farnsworths lingering elbow injury forced him onto the disabled list just before the start of the season, Rays manager Joe Maddon turned the closer duties over to Rodney, and he never looked back. The right-hande soon became a fan favorite with his...