The Chicago White Sox had an exemplary season and performed much better than most expected them to. Many players stepped up to make it possible, and one of them is first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn. According to the team's official Twitter account, Dunn has been named the Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year.
Dunn batted just .159 with 11 home runs, 42 RBI, 36 runs and 75 walks in 122 games in 2011. This past season, he batted .204, which is a solid increase, but the other numbers tell a much more significant story. Dunn had 41 home runs, which is tied for the sixth-most in White Sox history and the second-highest total by a left-hander since Jim Thone in 1996.
He also had 96 RBI, 105 walks and 87 runs scored in 151 games with the White Sox this year. His season was definitely worth of the Comeback Player of the Year honors, though fans will now be looking to him for more of the same in 2013 as the White Sox try to make that jump to the next level and make it into the postseason. They fell just short of it this year.