Mark Trumbo, who led the major leagues in home runs with 47, has been voted the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
Trumbo, who will be a highly coveted free agent, drove in 108 runs and batted .256 in his first—and perhaps only season with the Orioles.
He was obtained from Seattle last December. In 2015, Trumbo hit 22 homers and 64 RBIs with the Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Trumbo beat out former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who had a fine year with Texas by one vote, 40-39.
Boston’s Rick Porcello, who is a strong contender for the AL Cy Young Award, finished third with 28 votes.
Chris Tillman received four votes.
Through seven weeks of the season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has attempted more passes than anyone in the NFL. It’s not even close. Here are the five quarterbacks that have attempted the most passes so far:
Andrew Luck, Colts (276)
Drew Brees, Saints (270)
Brock Osweiler, Texans (268)
Kirk Cousins, Redskins (265)
How exactly did the Ravens become “Air Flacco”, a team that throws the ball more than anyone in the NFL, and struggles to find offensive consistency every week?
That’s a major question for the Ravens (3-4) to evaluate during the bye, riding a four-game losing streak. They desperately need to run the football more often, and more effectively. The Ravens’ six yards rushing against the Jets on Sunday set a franchise record for fewest rushing yards in a game. That was rock bottom, an embarrassing effort for a team that wants to set a physical tone offensively. It’s obvious the change at offensive coordinator from Marc Trestman to Marty Mornhinweg after Week 5 has not been an instant remedy for what ails the Ravens.
“That second half (against the Jets) was about as tough as it gets for our offense,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Injuries to left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right guard Marshal Yanda have obviously hurt the Ravens’ offensive line, compromising their pass protection and making it more difficult to establish the run. But if the Ravens don’t run the football more effectively after the bye, don’t expect “Air Flacco” to be the ticket to turning around their season.
“Yes, we need to run the ball more,” Harbaugh said.
It would be hard to find anyone to disagree with that.