Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Rockies closer Greg Holland are Sporting News' 2017 Comeback Players of the Year, in Blank Jersey balloting by 125 American League players and 88 National League players. SN has given out the awards since 1965.Moustakas, 29, and Holland, 31, each made succe sful returns this year from serious injuries a torn ACL in Moustakas' case and a torn UCL in Holland's case. The former Kansas City teammates also set themselves up for large paydays as potential free agents.After being limited to 27 games in 2016, Moustakas produced a .272/.314/.521 slash line in 598 plate appearances this year, witha franchise-record 38 home runs and a career-high 85 RBIs.Heplayedthrough knee and hipsorene s late in the second half as Kansas City competed for a wild-card berth.His WAR ranged between 1.8 (Baseball-reference) and 2.2 (Fangraphs), with defensive metrics (a career-low minus-8 defensive runs saved) helping to keep those numbers down.MORE: The man known as «Moose» made the AL All-Star Adam Frazier Jersey team for the second time in his career after winning one of the two online fan votes after the reserves were chosen.He took part in the Home Run Derby in Miami, as well.Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters in September () that he thought as early as 2010 that Moustakas would develop into a power threat."I remember thinking at the time that (Royals catcher Salvador Perez) Pablo Reyes Jersey could hit 25-30 home runs. I thought (first baseman Eric Hosmer) could hit 25-30. And I thought Moose could hit 25-35. So I was close,» Yost said.Holland came back just as strong after mi sing the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander tied for the NL lead (and tied a Rockies record) with 41 saves in 45 opportunities and averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings.With Holland again pitching like an elite closer (he had 46 saves for the Royals in 2014), Colorado got off to hot start andthen held on to claim the NL's second wildcard.It didn't take manager Bud Black long to recognize what Holland brought to the mound.Getting to know Greg like I have here, he checks off all the boxes for quality guy at the end of the game, Black . He can turn the page, good or bad. Hes got two quality pitches (fastball, slider). He throws strikes. Hes got deception. Again, hes unflappable.Holland was34 for35 before weakening in August. After Steven Brault Jersey a strong September, he struggled in the wild-card game against Arizona, but he had long ago put himself in line for a big-money, multiyear deal.Moustakas is the second Royals player to be chosen AL Comeback Player of the Year. Likewise, Holland is the second Rockies player to earn the NL award.VOTING RESULTS(Voting by AL players only)Mike Moustakas, Royals: 42Jason Vargas, Royals: 24Justin Smoak, Blue Jays: 22Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox: 7Alex Cobb, Rays: 7Yonder Alonso: A's/Mariners: 5Sonny Gray, A's/Yankees: 4Charlie Morton, Astros: 2Logan Morrison, Mariners: 2Others: 10(Voting by NL players only)Greg Holland, Rockies: 33Lance Lynn, Cardinals: 20Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals: 12Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 9Eric Thames, Brewers: 5Mark Reynolds, Rockies: 4Others: 5THIS WEEKS SN AWARD SCHEDULEMonday: Rookies of the Year (AL and NL)Tuesday: Comeback Players of the Year (AL and NL)and Managers of Chris Archer Jersey the Year (AL and NL)Wednesday: AL All-Star Team | NL All-Star TeamThursday: MLB Player of the Year
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