As if the Braves have not won enough postseason awards, Jonny Venters was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year Tuesday afternoon.
Congratulations to Jonny Venters for being named the 2018 National League Comeback Player of the Year! pic.twitter.com/Ples5OfRt5
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 20, 2018
Regardless of how dominant Venters was in his comeback, his mere return to the big leagues after three Tommy John Surgeries, another elbow procedure, and a five-year hiatus should have been enough to earn the honor. The thirty-three year old lefty reliever was traded to the Braves after appearing in 22 games with the Tampa Bay Rays. He became a vital part to a bullpen that struggled mightily prior to his arrival. In 28 games with the Braves, Venters went 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA. It is unknown if he will continue his career in Atlanta next year, but if anything else, he proved he is back healthy and can contribute to a competing MLB club.