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AL Comeback Player of the YearHistory of Award Winners
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John Jaha won this award in 1999
Recent history of winners for AL Comeback Player of the Year. There is some lag in updating awards data and they may not provide an entire history of winners. The list below is separated by year with a dividing line. Some awards have multiple award winners for all or some years.

LevelMLB
Years Available1965-2017

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Historical Winners - AL Comeback Player of the Year

Top Major Leaguers Active Players Drafted Players 1st Round Draft Picks
YearPlayer NamePosNotesC-AwardsHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsDraft InformationCollege(s)StatusCurrent Org (Level)
2017Mike Moustakas3B96-0 195 L-R 1988-09-11 28Los Angeles,California MLB2007-20182011-2018
2007- 1-   2-KCA
ActiveMilwaukee Brewers (MLB)
2005Jason GiambiDH186-3 235 L-R 1971-01-08 34West Covina,California MLB1990-20141995-2014
1992- 2-  58-OAK
Long Beach StRetired  
2004Paul Konerko1B-DH246-3 211 R-R 1976-03-05 28Providence,Rhode Island MLB1994-20141997-2014
1994- 1-  13-LAN
Retired  
2003Gil MecheP26-3 180 R-R 1978-09-08 24Lafayette,Louisiana MLB1996-20101999-2010
1996- 1-  22-SEA
 
2002Tim SalmonRF116-3 221 R-R 1968-08-04 33Long Beach,California MLB1989-20061992-2006
1989- 3-  69-CAL
Grand Canyon U.  
2001Ruben SierraRF86-1 200 B-R 1965-10-06 35Rio Piedras,Puerto Rico MLB1983-20061986-2006
1982-   UDFA-TEX
 
2000Frank Thomas1B-DH346-5 270 R-R 1968-05-27 32Columbus,Georgia MLB1987-20081990-2008
1989- 1-   7-CHA
Auburn U.  
1999John Jaha1B16-1 217 R-R 1966-05-27 33Portland,Oregon MLB1985-20011992-2001
1984-14- 358-MIL
 
1998Bret SaberhagenP146-1 200 R-R 1964-04-11 34Chicago Heights,Illinois MLB1983-20011984-2001
1982-19- 480-KCA
 
1997David JusticeRF-LF116-3 200 L-L 1966-04-14 31Cincinnati,Ohio MLB1985-20021989-2002
1985- 4-  94-ATL
Thomas More Col  
1996Kevin ElsterSS16-2 200 R-R 1964-08-03 31San Pedro,California MLB1984-20001986-2000
1984- 2-  28-NYN
Golden West Col  
1995Tim WakefieldP56-2 210 R-R 1966-08-02 28Melbourne,Florida MLB1988-20111992-2011
1988- 8- 200-PIT
Florida Institute TechnologyRetired  
1994Jose CansecoRF-LF186-4 240 R-R 1964-07-02 29Havana,Cuba MLB1982-20171985-2001
1982-15- 392-OAK
 
1993Bo JacksonLF-CF46-1 225 R-R 1962-11-30 30Bessemer,Alabama MLB1983-19941986-1994
1986- 4- 105-KCA
Auburn U.  
1992Rick SutcliffeP86-7 215 R-R 1956-06-21 36Independence,Missouri MLB1974-19941976-1994
1974- 1-  21-LAN
 
1991Jose GuzmanP16-3 185 R-R 1963-04-09 28Santa Isabel,Puerto Rico MLB1981-20021985-1994
1981-   UDFA-TEX
 
1990Dave WinfieldRF286-6 220 R-R 1951-10-03 38St. Paul,Minnesota MLB1971-19951973-1995
1973- 1-   4-SDN
Minnesota  
1989Bert BlylevenP36-3 207 R-R 1951-04-06 38Zeist,Netherlands MLB1969-19921970-1992
1969- 3-  55-MIN
 
1988Storm DavisP16-4 207 R-R 1961-12-26 26Dallas,Texas MLB1979-19951982-1994
1979- 7- 175-BAL
 
1987Bret SaberhagenP146-1 200 R-R 1964-04-11 23Chicago Heights,Illinois MLB1983-20011984-2001
1982-19- 480-KCA
 
1986John CandelariaP46-6 225 R-L 1953-11-06 32Brooklyn,New York MLB1967-19931975-1993
1972- 2-  47-PIT
 
1985Gorman ThomasOF36-2 210 R-R 1950-12-12 34Charleston,South Carolina MLB1969-19861973-1986
1969- 1-  21-SE1
 
1984Dave KingmanOF-1B116-6 210 R-R 1948-12-21 35Pendleton,Oregon MLB1970-19871971-1986
1970- 1-   1-SFN
USC  
1983Alan TrammellSS136-0 175 R-R 1958-02-21 25Garden Grove,California MLB1976-19961977-1996
1976- 2-  26-DET
 
1982Andre Thornton1B96-2 205 R-R 1949-08-13 32Tuskegee,Alabama MLB1967-19871973-1987
1967-   UDFA-PHI
 
1981Richie ZiskOF56-1 208 R-R 1949-02-06 32Brooklyn,New York MLB1967-19831971-1983
1967- 3-  56-PIT
Seton Hall U.  
1980Matt KeoughP26-3 190 R-R 1955-07-03 24Pomona,California MLB1976-19861977-1986
1973- 7- 167-OAK
 
1979Willie HortonOF65-11 209 R-R 1942-10-18 36Arno,Virginia MLB1962-19821963-1980
1961-   UDFA-DET
 
1978Mike CaldwellP66-0 185 R-L 1949-01-22 29Tarboro,North Carolina MLB1971-19841971-1984
1971-12- 273-SDN
North Carolina St  
1977Eric Soderholm3B15-11 187 R-R 1948-09-24 28Cortland,New York MLB1968-19801971-1980
1968- 1-   1-MIN
South Georgia St  
1976Dock EllisP16-3 210 B-R 1945-03-11 31Los Angeles,California MLB1964-19791968-1979
1964-   UDFA-PIT
Los Angeles Harbor Col  
1975Boog Powell1B-OF36-4 240 L-R 1941-08-17 33Lakeland,Florida MLB1959-19771961-1977
1959-   UDFA-BAL
 
1974Fergie JenkinsP56-5 210 R-R 1943-12-13 30Chatham,Ontario MLB1962-19831965-1983
1962-   UDFA-PHI
 
1973John HillerP16-0 195 R-L 1943-04-08 30Toronto,Ontario MLB1963-19801965-1980
1962-   UDFA-DET
 
1972Luis TiantP35-11 190 R-R 1940-11-23 31Mariano,Cuba MLB1959-19821964-1982
1962-   UDFA-CLE
 
1971Norm Cash1B26-0 190 L-L 1934-11-10 36Justiceburg,Texas MLB1955-19741958-1974   Sul Ross St  
1970Clyde WrightP16-1 185 R-L 1941-02-20 29Jefferson City,Tennessee MLB1965-19751966-1975
1965- 6- 107-CAL
Carson-Newman Col  
1969Tony ConigliaroOF16-3 185 R-R 1945-01-07 24Revere,Massachusetts MLB1964-19751964-1975
1962-   UDFA-BOS
 
1968Ken Harrelson1B-OF16-2 190 R-R 1941-09-04 26Woodruff,South Carolina MLB1963-19711963-1971
1959-   UDFA-KC1
 
1967Dean ChanceP26-3 200 R-R 1941-06-01 26Plain City,Ohio MLB1961-19711961-1971
1959-   UDFA-BAL
 
1966Boog Powell1B-OF36-4 240 L-R 1941-08-17 24Lakeland,Florida MLB1959-19771961-1977
1959-   UDFA-BAL
 
1965Norm Cash1B26-0 190 L-L 1934-11-10 30Justiceburg,Texas MLB1955-19741958-1974   Sul Ross St