White Sox first baseman and designated hitter Adam Dunn was named the Comeback Player of the Year at the Players Choice Awards on Monday night. Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney won the Major League Baseball comeback award, as voted on by 30 MLB.com beat writers. Dunn, however, was selected by his peers.
Adam Dunn reached several milestones in 2012, eclipsing 400 home runs and 1,000 RBIs. He also set a career high for strikeouts, with 222, finishing just one shy of tying the MLB single-season record.
Overall, Dunn hit .204 on the season, which was certainly an improvement over his .159 mark in 2011. Most importantly, Dunn regained his power, mashing 41 home runs in 151 games. In his last nine seasons, Dunn has hit at least 38 home runs eight times.
Dunn beat out Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales to win the award. He told the MLB Network how honored he was to be selected by his peers:
"To me, that's the most important. You compete against these guys each and every day. For them to vote you anything, I don't care what it is, it's definitely an honor."