Moustakas wins Sporting News AL Comeback award; former Royal takes NL honors

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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KANSAS CITY. Mo. (WIBW) -- A monster season from Moose isn't going unnoticed.

On Tuesday, Sporting News named Royals' third-baseman Mike Moustakas its American League Comeback Player of the Year. After playing just 27 games last season, Moustakas quickly made up for lost time in 2017, breaking the franchise record for home runs in a season (38), while turning in a .272/.314/.521 slash line and knocking in a personal best 85 runs.

The national news magazine also pointed out Moustakas posted those numbers while battling a couple of nagging injuries. They noted he kept going through knee and hip soreness late in the season as Royals' fought to make the playoffs.

Not to be outdone, one of Moustakas' teammates on the Royals' 2015 World Championship squad grabbed the Comeback Player of the Year trophy in the Senior Circuit.

Now a member of the Colorado Rockies, Greg Holland racked up 41 saves last season to help the team make it to the post-season for the first time since 2009. Holland left the Royals after being granted free agency following the 2015 season. He sat out the entire 2016 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.