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Sockinchisox
10-05-2009, 01:21 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091005&content_id=7334122&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

jmeneghini1433
10-05-2009, 01:44 PM
Both well deserved.

Chez
10-05-2009, 01:44 PM
Congratulations to them both. Does anyone know the so-called criteria for winning this award (i.e what are they "coming back" from?) Comeback from injury/adversity? Come back from general suckiness? If the latter, how could David Aardsma not have received a single vote?

jmeneghini1433
10-05-2009, 02:01 PM
Congratulations to them both. Does anyone know the so-called criteria for winning this award (i.e what are they "coming back" from?) Comeback from injury/adversity? Come back from general suckiness? If the latter, how could David Aardsma not have received a single vote?

I believe it's for both. Thome won it after the 2006 season because in 2005 he batted .205, appeared in only 59 games, and had elbow issues. Carlos Pena won it in 2007 with the Rays for just sucking and eventually getting released by the Yankees in mid-August of 2006. He went on to hitting 46 home runs and 121 RBIs.

seventyseven
10-05-2009, 02:27 PM
Carp should will the Cy Young as well.

Huisj
10-05-2009, 02:51 PM
Carp should will the Cy Young as well.

That's gonna be tough when he's got a teammate who went 19-8 with a 2.63 and was healthy enough to throw 40 more innings over 6 more starts than he did.

PorkChopExpress
10-05-2009, 03:15 PM
Both well deserved.

I'm not so sure about the Hill one. He had a really good year in '07 and got hurt in '08. What is he coming back to? This would seem more like a breakout year for him.

TDog
10-05-2009, 03:31 PM
I believe it's for both. Thome won it after the 2006 season because in 2005 he batted .205, appeared in only 59 games, and had elbow issues. Carlos Pena won it in 2007 with the Rays for just sucking and eventually getting released by the Yankees in mid-August of 2006. He went on to hitting 46 home runs and 121 RBIs.

It is both, or rather "either." It depends on what the voters at the time believe it should be.

In 1970, many thought that Carlos May should have received The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award, coming back from an accident that left him without most of his thumb on his trowing hand. Many believed he would not play baseball again, but about six months after the accident, he reported to spring training and remained a very good hitter. Clyde "Skeeter" Wright won the award, coming off a lousy season to pitch very well, one night even pitching a no-hitter.

Maybe some would have considered it odd that Carlos May could be The Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1969 and The Sporting News Comeback Player in 1970.