NEW YORK (WIBW) — A pair of the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals took home even more hardware for bouncing back big time last season - picking up the Comeback Player of the Year awards in each league.
Royals' third-baseman Mike Moustakas' record-breaking 2017 won him the American League honors. After a torn ACL limited the 29-year-old slugger to just 27 games last season, Moustakas quickly made up for lost time.
He posted in a .272/.314/.521 slash line and knocking in a personal best 85 runs. To top it off, his 38 homers were 8th best among major-leaguers and broke Steve Balboni's franchise record (36).
And, as the Sporting News pointed out when he won its Comeback award, Moose did it all while battling a couple of nagging injuries.
Before taking the hill in Colorado this spring, the last time Greg Holland through a pitch, the Royals were marching toward their first World Series championship in 30 years. Injuries prevented him from pitching that October and he spent all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Now a Rockie, Holland came roaring back, racking 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.