On November 9, 2016 — Jose Fernandez becomes the first major league player to receive a major award posthumously as he is named the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year Award in the National League, underlining his excellent return from arm surgery before he was tragically killed in a boating accident in September. In the American League, major league home run leader Mark Trumbo receives the honor.

 


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Baseball Reference November 9
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