Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award

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.

In 2016, Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández was posthumously given the award. He was killed on September 25 in a boating accident.

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


YearAmerican LeagueNational League
1965 Norm Cash (1)Detroit Tigers Vern LawPittsburgh Pirates
1966 Boog Powell (1)Baltimore Orioles Phil ReganLos Angeles Dodgers
1967 Dean ChanceMinnesota Twins Mike McCormickSan Francisco Giants
1968 Ken HarrelsonBoston Red Sox Alex JohnsonCincinnati Reds
1969 Tony ConigliaroBoston Red Sox Tommie AgeeNew York Mets
1970 Clyde WrightCalifornia Angels Jim HickmanChicago Cubs
1971 Norm Cash (2)Detroit Tigers Al DowningLos Angeles Dodgers
1972 Luis TiantBoston Red Sox Bobby TolanCincinnati Reds
1973 John HillerDetroit Tigers Davey JohnsonAtlanta Braves
1974 Ferguson JenkinsTexas Rangers Jimmy WynnLos Angeles Dodgers
1975 Boog Powell (2)Cleveland Indians Randy JonesSan Diego Padres
1976 Dock EllisNew York Yankees Tommy JohnLos Angeles Dodgers
1977 Eric SoderholmChicago White Sox Willie McCoveySan Francisco Giants
1978 Mike CaldwellMilwaukee Brewers Willie StargellPittsburgh Pirates
1979 Willie HortonSeattle Mariners Lou BrockSt. Louis Cardinals
1980 Matt KeoughOakland Athletics Jerry ReussLos Angeles Dodgers
1981 Richie ZiskSeattle Mariners Bob KnepperHouston Astros
1982 Andre ThorntonCleveland Indians Joe MorganSan Francisco Giants
1983 Alan TrammellDetroit Tigers John DennyPhiladelphia Phillies
1984 Dave KingmanOakland Athletics Joaquín AndújarSt. Louis Cardinals
1985 Gorman ThomasSeattle Mariners Rick ReuschelPittsburgh Pirates
1986 John CandelariaCalifornia Angels Ray KnightNew York Mets
1987 Bret Saberhagen (1)Kansas City Royals Rick Sutcliffe (1)Chicago Cubs
1988 Storm DavisOakland Athletics Tim LearyLos Angeles Dodgers
1989 Bert BlylevenCalifornia Angels Lonnie SmithAtlanta Braves
1990 Dave WinfieldCalifornia Angels John TudorSt. Louis Cardinals
1991 José GuzmánTexas Rangers Terry PendletonAtlanta Braves
1992 Rick Sutcliffe (2)Baltimore Orioles Gary SheffieldSan Diego Padres
1993 Bo JacksonChicago White Sox Andrés Galarraga (1)Colorado Rockies
1994 José CansecoTexas Rangers Tim WallachLos Angeles Dodgers
1995 Tim WakefieldBoston Red Sox Ron GantCincinnati Reds
1996 Kevin ElsterTexas Rangers Eric DavisCincinnati Reds
1997 David JusticeCleveland Indians Darren Daulton Philadelphia Phillies / Florida Marlins
1998 Bret Saberhagen (2)Boston Red Sox Greg VaughnSan Diego Padres
1999 John JahaOakland Athletics Rickey HendersonNew York Mets
2000 Frank ThomasChicago White Sox Andrés Galarraga (2)Atlanta Braves
2001 Rubén SierraTexas Rangers Matt MorrisSt. Louis Cardinals
2002 Tim SalmonAnaheim Angels Mike LieberthalPhiladelphia Phillies
2003 Gil MecheSeattle Mariners Javy LópezAtlanta Braves
2004 Paul KonerkoChicago White Sox Chris Carpenter (1)St. Louis Cardinals
2005 Jason GiambiNew York Yankees Ken Griffey, Jr.Cincinnati Reds
2006 Jim ThomeChicago White Sox Nomar GarciaparraLos Angeles Dodgers
2007 Carlos PeñaTampa Bay Devil Rays   Dmitri YoungWashington Nationals
2008 Cliff LeeCleveland Indians Fernando TatísNew York Mets
2009 Aaron HillToronto Blue Jays Chris Carpenter (2)St. Louis Cardinals
2010 Vladimir GuerreroTexas Rangers Tim HudsonAtlanta Braves
2011 Jacoby EllsburyBoston Red Sox Lance BerkmanSt. Louis Cardinals
2012 Adam DunnChicago White Sox Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants
2013 Mariano RiveraNew York Yankees Francisco LirianoPittsburgh Pirates
2014 Chris YoungSeattle Mariners Casey McGeheeMiami Marlins
2015 Prince FielderTexas Rangers Matt HarveyNew York Mets
2016 Mark TrumboBaltimore Orioles Jose FernandezMiami Marlins


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