The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award

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The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award is the oldest of three annual awards in Major League Baseball given to one player in each league who has reemerged as a star in that season. It was established in 1965. The winner in each league is selected by the TSN editorial staff.

In 2005, Major League Baseball officially sponsored its own Comeback Player of the Year Award for the first time. TSN and MLB honored the same players in 2005—Ken Griffey, Jr. in the National League and Jason Giambi in the American League. The Players Choice Awards, awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Association, also began a Comeback Player honor in 1992.

Listed below are the players honored with the TSN award by year, name, team and league.

Honorees[edit]

Year American League National League
Winner Team Winner Team
1965 Norm Cash (1) Detroit Tigers Vern Law Pittsburgh Pirates
1966 Boog Powell (1) Baltimore Orioles Phil Regan Los Angeles Dodgers
1967 Dean Chance Minnesota Twins Mike McCormick San Francisco Giants
1968 Ken Harrelson Boston Red Sox Alex Johnson Cincinnati Reds
1969 Tony Conigliaro Boston Red Sox Tommie Agee New York Mets
1970 Clyde Wright California Angels Jim Hickman Chicago Cubs
1971 Norm Cash (2) Detroit Tigers Al Downing Los Angeles Dodgers
1972 Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox Bobby Tolan Cincinnati Reds
1973 John Hiller Detroit Tigers Davey Johnson Atlanta Braves
1974 Ferguson Jenkins Texas Rangers Jimmy Wynn Los Angeles Dodgers
1975 Boog Powell (2) Cleveland Indians Randy Jones San Diego Padres
1976 Dock Ellis New York Yankees Tommy John Los Angeles Dodgers
1977 Eric Soderholm Chicago White Sox Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
1978 Mike Caldwell Milwaukee Brewers Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates
1979 Willie Horton Seattle Mariners Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
1980 Matt Keough Oakland Athletics Jerry Reuss Los Angeles Dodgers
1981 Richie Zisk Seattle Mariners Bob Knepper Houston Astros
1982 Andre Thornton Cleveland Indians Joe Morgan San Francisco Giants
1983 Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers John Denny Philadelphia Phillies
1984 Dave Kingman Oakland Athletics Joaquín Andújar St. Louis Cardinals
1985 Gorman Thomas Seattle Mariners Rick Reuschel Pittsburgh Pirates
1986 John Candelaria California Angels Ray Knight New York Mets
1987 Bret Saberhagen (1) Kansas City Royals Rick Sutcliffe (1) Chicago Cubs
1988 Storm Davis Oakland Athletics Tim Leary Los Angeles Dodgers
1989 Bert Blyleven California Angels Lonnie Smith Atlanta Braves
1990 Dave Winfield California Angels John Tudor St. Louis Cardinals
1991 José Guzmán Texas Rangers Terry Pendleton Atlanta Braves
1992 Rick Sutcliffe (2) Baltimore Orioles Gary Sheffield San Diego Padres
1993 Bo Jackson Chicago White Sox Andrés Galarraga (1) Colorado Rockies
1994 José Canseco Texas Rangers Tim Wallach Los Angeles Dodgers
1995 Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox Ron Gant Cincinnati Reds
1996 Kevin Elster Texas Rangers Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds
1997 David Justice Cleveland Indians Darren Daulton Philadelphia Phillies / Florida Marlins
1998 Bret Saberhagen (2) Boston Red Sox Greg Vaughn San Diego Padres
1999 John Jaha Oakland Athletics Rickey Henderson New York Mets
2000 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox Andrés Galarraga (2) Atlanta Braves
2001 Rubén Sierra Texas Rangers Matt Morris St. Louis Cardinals
2002 Tim Salmon Anaheim Angels Mike Lieberthal Philadelphia Phillies
2003 Gil Meche Seattle Mariners Javy López Atlanta Braves
2004 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox Chris Carpenter (1) St. Louis Cardinals
2005 Jason Giambi New York Yankees Ken Griffey, Jr. Cincinnati Reds
2006 Jim Thome Chicago White Sox Nomar Garciaparra Los Angeles Dodgers
2007 Carlos Peña Tampa Bay Devil Rays   Dmitri Young Washington Nationals
2008 Cliff Lee Cleveland Indians Fernando Tatís New York Mets
2009 Aaron Hill Toronto Blue Jays Chris Carpenter (2) St. Louis Cardinals
2010 Vladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers Tim Hudson Atlanta Braves
2011 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox Lance Berkman St. Louis Cardinals
2012 Adam Dunn Chicago White Sox Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
2013 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Francisco Liriano Pittsburgh Pirates

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