Jose Fernandez, the former Miami Marlins star pitcher who died in a boating accident in September, was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by his peers at the MLB Players Choice Awards.
Fernandez missed the first half of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and returned in July. In 2016, the 24-year-old was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a career-high 253 strikeouts in 29 starts before his death.
On Sept. 24, Fernandez and two friends were pronounced dead after their boat collided with a jetty off of Miami Beach. Toxicology reports showed Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.
Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Trumbo, 30, led the majors with 47 home runs in 2016. He hit 22 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners the season prior.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named the Player of the Year and the AL's outstanding player after the 26-year-old hit an AL-leading .338 with 24 home runs, 96 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 2016.
Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (16-8, NL-leading 2.13 ERA) was the NL's outstanding pitcher while Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (major-league-leading 22 wins, 3.15 ERA) was the AL's outstanding pitcher.