No one, Carlos Carrasco included, could have predicted the type of season he would have in 2019 as a starter in the Cleveland Indians rotation.
The 10-year-veteran had a much bigger battle than controlling his fastball, stepping away from the game that he loved in June to battle myeloid leukemia, a condition that no one could have seen coming.
The pitcher went at it head on, staying in contact with his teammates and the Indians organization, and in September he was back on the mound in a Major League came, completing what was a victory by any measure.
For his efforts and his on and off the field battles in 2019, Carrasco Tuesday took him his second award this offseason, as he was named the 2019 MLB ‘Comeback Player of the Year.’
Carrasco was cheered by all of baseball at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland when players on both sides ‘stood up’ for the pitcher.
He was able to return to the mound, it became more than a game when his opponent that day, the Tampa Bay Rays, gave him a standing ovation on September 1 in St.Petersburg.
Overall this past season Carrasco made 11 relief appearances overall during his September comeback, the highlight was when he threw 2.2 scoreless innings at home at Progressive Field against the Philadelphia Phillies, earning his sixth win of the season.
Carrasco was also named already as the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award winner, and Tuesday no player could have been more deserving of the AL ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ award.
His 2019 and his story is one that many Indians fans will not soon forget.