Two of baseball's biggest stars put together tremendous bounce-back seasons in 2022.
St. Louis Cardinals great Albert Pujols and Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander were named the National League and American League Comeback Players of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday.
Pujols, 42, became the third Cardinals player to win the Comeback Player of the Year award, joining Chris Carpenter, who won it in 2009, and Lance Berkman, who won it in 2011.
The 22-year veteran returned to the Cardinals for the 2022 campaign, his final season in Major League Baseball, and managed to turn back the clock to put together one of his best performances in years.
Pujols slashed .270/.345/.550 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 109 games. He became the fourth player in history to hit 700 home runs, joining Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth.
Pujols' 24 home runs are the most he hit in a season since the 31 he put up as a member of the Los Angeles Angels in 2016.