Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano wins NL Comeback Player of the Year award
October 21, 2013 2:18 PM
Matt Freed / Post-Gazette
The Pirates' Francisco Liriano pitches Oct. 6 against the Cardinals in the first inning at PNC Park in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
By: Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Sporting News today named Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano the recipient of its National League Comeback Player of the Year award.
Pirates setup man Mark Melancon finished second and Marlon Byrd, who joined the Pirates in a trade from the Mets this season, came in third.
Major league players voted for the award.
Liriano went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 161 innings this season.
Liriano had a 5.34 ERA and walked five batters per nine innings in 2012 while with the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. He allowed 19 home runs and had a 1.47 WHIP.
In the offseason, he broke the humerus of his right -- non-pitching -- arm when, according to Liriano, he slammed it into a door to scare his children.
He made 26 starts after returning in May when his right arm was healthy.
Although he and the Pirates originally agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the injury occurred before he passed his physical. The parties restructured the contract to guarantee Liriano only $1 million in 2013, down from the $12.75 million over two years in the original negotiations, and gave him performance bonuses and a vesting option for '14.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, whose 2012 season was cut short because of a knee injury, won the American League award.
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