Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has been voted the 2016 National League (NL) Comeback Player of the Year by his peers, one month after he died in a boating accident.
Fernandez was chosen in a vote of 177 NL players conducted by Sporting News, sponsors of the award, with many submitting the Marlins pitcher as their choice before his death on September 25.
The 70 votes Fernandez received comfotably surpassed the tally of Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark, who received 27.
“He would’ve been really excited. He was excited about everything to do with pitching,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told Sporting News.
“He was a different kid ... but he had this energy, this love for [baseball], that you can’t hardly explain. He would love this.”
In his first full season since returning from Tommy John surgery - an operation on the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow - Fernandez went 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and led the NL with 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings.