Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 1/12/12
Even though he didn't win the Comeback Player of the Year Award, Ryan Vogelsong was, by many measures, the most impressive storyline in the 2011 MLB season. He was rewarded for his late-blooming breakout on Wednesday, as the Giants signed Vogelsong to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million. "It's good to know where I'm going to be for two years," Vogelsong told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle in a phone interview Wednesday night. "I enjoy playing for the Giants. It's where I want to be. I feel I connected with the fan base. We have a team that can be in contention. "Obviously, with the way my career was going, I never thought financial status like this would ever happen, so it is life-changing. Will it change me as a player? No." Vogelsong's career is something that's written about in a storybook: he was traded to the Pirates in 2001, left Major League Baseball in 2006 for Japan having only posted an ERA below 5.00 once, returned to the Giants in 2011 to post a 13-7 record ...
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