The Sporting News announced today that St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury have been named their 2011 Comeback Players of the Year.
Berkman and Ellsbury were voted by 289 of their fellow major league players.
The six-time All-Star Berkman bounced back after a career worst season in 2010 by hitting .301/.412/.547 with 31 home runs and 94 RBI. The 35-year-old is also in the running for the league's Most Valuable Player award.
"Last year he was hurt and couldn't really show himself. This year he was a great player for us," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told Sporting News.
Ellsbury missed most of the 2010 season after an early-season collision. This year, he finished with career high's in every important category, posting a .321/.376/.552 batting line with 32 home runs and 105 RBI. His previous highs were .301/.355/.415 with nine home runs and 60 RBI. "He's got a better approach this year," Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon told Sporting News. "He's not the same free swinger. He's made great adjustments."