Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young and Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee have been named the 2014 AL and NL Comeback Players of the Year.
Young went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 2014 with the Mariners after being released by the Washington Nationals near the end of spring training. Young, who was named to the NL All-Star Team as a member of the San Diego Padres in 2007, had won a grand total of 11 games between 2009-2012 during stints with the Padres and Mets and did not pitch at all in 2013. The Mariners came within a heartbeat of gaining an AL Wild Card spot and Young contributed significantly to that effort.
Although McGehee only hit 4 HR in 2014, he drove in an astonishing 76 runs while batting a respectable .287 in 160 games for the Marlins. As a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, McGehee was fifth in NL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2009 and had his best overall season in 2010 hitting .285 with 23 HR and 104 RBI. But the Brew Crew soured on McGehee after he hit .223 in 2011 when the Brewers won the NL Central. He would be dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates that off-season for pitcher Jose Veras. McGehee faired no better in Pittsburgh and was dealt at the trade deadline to the New York Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls. He would languish in the Bronx hitting only .151 in 22 games.
In 2013, McGehee would play in Japan and reversed his fortunes. The Marlins took a flier on him for $1.1 million plus incentives last December and it has proved to be a worthy investment. In addition to his stats, McGehee became a respected veteran on a club full of young players.
It remains to be seen if Young and McGehee can sustain their 2014 form in 2015 and beyond, but both have managed to revive their careers this year.
Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://thespectator.com/world.