Dominican Albert Pujols and the all-star pitcher won the Comeback of the Year Award from the Major League Baseball (MLB).
Pujols returned to the St. Louis Cardinals franchise, an organization that saw him become a star, after a complicated departure from the Los Angeles Angels and finish the 2021 season with the Dodgers, to play his last season in the "Big Show".
The 42-year-old veteran baseball player had an extraordinary 2022 season after becoming the fourth player with 700 homers and the fourth all-time home run in the MLB, behind only Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). ).
ALBERT PUJOLS. ⭐ Comeback of the Year in the National League! 🔝 pic.twitter.com/ji9IlQpJxm- LasMayores (@LasMayores) November 22st
Although it seemed like an almost impossible feat, which led the media to ask him if he would return in 2023, Pujols hit 18 home runs in the second part of the season to finish his career with 703 homers.
Thanks to his feat, the native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, won the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award and became the third Cardinals player to receive said award, after Chris Carpenter (2009) and Lance Berkman ( 2011).
For his part, Verlander, who won the Cy Young Award last week, was left with recognition in the American League.
The 39-year-old veteran starter went 18-4 with a 1.75 RBI average after 28 starts and pitching 175 innings, striking out 185 batters.
The Houston pitcher was líder in victories and effectiveness in the "young circuit".
JUSTIN VERLANDER. 🤩 American League Comeback of the Year! 👏 pic.twitter.com/emmVVP4Gah- LasMayores (@LasMayores) November 22st
Verlander only made one start in the 2020 pandemic-shortened season due to Covid-19 and missed the entire 2021 campaign, due to going under the knife to undergo the famous Tommy John operation.
In this way, the right starter became the first Astros player to receive recognition.