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Colorado Rockies: Greg Holland named NL Comeback Player of the Year

Colorado Rockies: Greg Holland named NL Comeback Player of the Year

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year by the MLB.

Holland was a strong back-end anchor for the Rockies bullpen, striking out 70 batters in only 57-innings and helping the Rockies clinch the second Wild Card in the National League. Moustakas posted a 1.8 WAR to add onto his career mark of 11.4, which spans seven seasons with Kansas City.

The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are officially sanctioned by MLB and presented annually to one player in each league who has re-emerged on the field.

In his first year with the Rockies, Holland was a big part of Colorado's first postseason appearance since 2009.

Holland finished with 41 saves in 2017, tied for the most in the entire NL.

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The 10th round selection in the 2007 draft notched his 500th Major League strikeout in his final appearance of the regular season on Sep. He set career highs in runs scored (75), RBI (85), slugging percentage (.521) and total bases (289).

Holland's performance was strong enough to earn himself a trip to the MLB All-Star game for the third time in his career. After a torn ACL limited the 29-year-old slugger to just 27 games last season, Moustakas quickly made up for lost time.

Moose hit 25 of his 38 home runs before the All-Star break, which also set a club record, passing Jermaine Dye's 22 roundtrippers in the first half in 2000.

Moustakas is a fan favorite in Kansas City, but he's now a free agent that is able to negotiate with any team.


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