Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander win Comeback Player of the Year Award

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  • Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander win Comeback Player of the Year Award

    Both players record Cooperstown careers in Majors Leagues.

Justin Verlander and Albert PujolsThey are two of the most decorated superstars in baseball history, and each added a career.

Verlander and Pujols were named winners of the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year Award in the American League and National League, respectively, by Major League Baseball.

Verlander is the first Astros player to win the Comeback Player of the Year award, while Pujols became the first Astros player to win. He became the third Cardinals player to do so, joining Chris Carpenter (2009) and Lance Berkman (2011). MLB has awarded the honor annually since 2005 to one player in each league “who has re-emerged on the field during the season.” Winners are determined after a vote by 30 MLB.com reporters.

To Verlander,the latest honor comes less than a week after he won the award. unanimously won the AL Cy Young Award. After being limited to just six innings in 2020 and missing the entire 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery, the Astros ace made a comeback. He went on to go 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA this season, the lowest by any AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez posted a 2019 win. a 1.74 ERA in 2000.

Verlander, 39, led the charge. the American League in wins, ERA, WHIP (0.83), opponent batting average (.186) and opponent OPS (.497).

In As for Pujols, 42, he signed the agreement. He signed up with the Cardinals just 10 days before Opening Day and proceeded to play.

Pujols turned it on. He hit the stretch down the stretch, smashing 18 second-half home runs on his way to becoming the fourth player in AL/NL history to hit 700 career home runs, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. The only player who hit the ball. More home runs than Pujols after the 2022 All-Star Game was AL MVP Award winner Aaron Judge (29).

Pujols connected. 24 home runs, the most by him since he slugged 31 in 2016, and posted a career-high 24 home runs. He posted an .895 OPS, his highest since 2011, when he hit .906 in the final season of his first stint with the Cardinals.

The The Comeback Player of the Year award is the latest in a long line of accomplishments for Pujols, who also won the Academy Award. the Rookie of the Year awardof the National League in 2001, three MVP awards, six Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves and a pair of World Series titles. He was also an 11-time All-Star and won two awards. clinched the National League batting title in 2003.

Verlander adds this trophy to a collection that already includes the National League Rookie of the Year award. He won the American League in 2006, the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, three Cy Young Awards, and two World Series titles. A nine-time All-Star, Verlander also won the No. He won the AL Pitching Triple Crown in 2011 and owns a pair of ERA titles.

The other AL players who received votes for the Comeback of the Year were Mike Trout (Angels), Matt Carpenter (Yankees) and Alex Bregman (Astros). On the National League side, other players receiving votes included Ronald Acuna Jr. (Braves), Mark Appel (Phillies), David Robertson (Phillies), Brandon Drury (Padres), Nick Martinez (Padres) and Ryan Helsley. (Cardinals).

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