The best season of Mark Trumbo's major league career netted the Orioles outfielder this year's Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year, the publication announced Tuesday.
Trumbo, who was acquired last offseason in a trade with the Seattle Mariners for backup catcher Steve Clevenger, led the majors with a career-high 47 homers. His season also included his second trip to the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby, and ended with playing in the postseason for the first time in his career.
Trumbo, a pending free agent, was selected in a vote of 174 American League players, edging Texas Rangers outfielder Ian Desmond by just one vote, 40-39. Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello finished third with 28 votes, while Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano and Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish tied for fourth with 13 votes each.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who posted a team-high 16 wins this season, received four votes for the award, placing seventh.
Trumbo is the third Orioles player to receive the award, which has been given out by Sporting News annually since 1965. First baseman Boog Powell won the award in 1966, when he hit .287/.372/.532 with 34 homers and 109 RBIs in the Orioles' first World Series title season. Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe won in 1992 at age 36 after going 16-15 with a 4.47 ERA in 237 1/3 innings.