NEW YORK – San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini were named winners of baseball’s Comeback of the Year award Monday night.
Posey, the National League winner, was left out of the 2020 season after the twins adopted by him and his wife were born prematurely. He announced this month that he was retiring after 12 seasons.
Mancini, who took home the American League award, missed the entire 2020 season while being treated for stage 3 colon cancer. They were selected in the vote by the 30 reporters on the MLB.com team.
The 34-year-old Posey hit .304 with 18 home runs, 56 RBIs and a .889 OPS for the 107-win Giants. Batting average was his highest since 2017 and total home run his best since 2015.
The 29-year-old Mancini hit .255 with 21 homers, 71 RBIs and a .758 OPS as first baseman and designated hitter for Baltimore. He hit his 100th career home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 20 in game 531 of his career, becoming the fastest Oriole to hit the mark after debuting with the team.
He was runner-up to Pete Alonso of the New York Mets in the All-Star Home Run Derby.