Cardinals Berkman Wins 2011 Comeback Player of the Year

| by Off The Record

Remember when no one wanted Lance Berkman? The longtime Houston Astros slugger had hit 35-years of age and was left for dead. There is no way he had anything left in the tank.

Then, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and knocked the cover off the ball. And he was rewarded for his efforts by signing an extension with the Cardinals, and now he’s been named NL Comeback Player of the Year.

In 2011, Berkman’s line was .301/.412/.547 with 31 homers, 94 RBI and a .959 OPS. Those are stud numbers for sure.

We’re glad that they gave the award to a guy who truly did come back from greatness. We can’t stand when they give it to a guy who had one great year after sucking. You have to actually be coming back from being good. Otherwise, it’s Breakout Player of the Year. Sports screw that up too much.