Already the recipients of some postseason honors, the awards keep coming in for the Pittsburgh Pirates after their successful 2013 season.
A couple weeks after being named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year, Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano was named Major League Baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year on Monday.
It’s the second time Liriano has won Comeback Player of the Year, taking home the honor in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins, becoming the first player in history to win the award on multiple occasions.
After signing as a free agent in the offseason, Liriano had a career revival in Pittsburgh, posting a 16-8 record to go along with a 3.02 ERA during the 2013 regular season. The left-hander played a huge part in the Pirates making the playoffs for the first time since 1992.
New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera was named the American League winner of the Comeback Player of the Year after recording 44 saves to go along with a 2.11 earned run average in his final major league season.
In addition to Liriano being named Comeback Player of the year, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named the Players Choice Award winner for the National League’s Outstanding Player for the second straight season.