ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Major League Baseball finally made the announcement on Thursday that Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman is the National League Comeback Player of the Year. Berkman receives the honor a half a day after bruising his right leg in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Berkman hit 30 home runs in a season for the time since 2007 after hitting just 14 last season. He made his first All-Star game appearance since 2008 and was at the top of the league leaders in home runs, RBI’s, slugging percentage, and walks.
This season, Berkman was pretty durable playing in 145 games, his most since 2008. His longevity being a question after being signed last off-season, Berkman started 107 games in right field, 16 in left and made 16 starts at first base.
The Cardinals rewarded his sensational season with a contract extension through next season worth $12 million.
Questionable for Game 4 against the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Tony La Russa may opt to start Allen Craig in right field. Against Brewers left-handed starter Randy Wolf, Berkman is just 3-32 over eight seasons. Berkman is 3-10 this series with a RBI.
The AL Comeback Player of the Year was Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The first time All-Star had a break out season hitting .321 with 32 home runs and 105 RBI’s as the lead-off hitter for the Red Sox.
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