The Senior Circuit's Comeback Player of the Year was awarded to relief pitcher Rod Beck, 35, of the San Diego Padres. This season, Beck, who did not pitch in the majors in 2002, appeared in 36 games for the Padres, recorded 20 saves, posted a record of 3-2 and finished with an impressive 1.78 ERA.
The other two finalists were Kevin Brown and Javy Lopez.
A former All-Star performer, Beck's 2003 performance helped him regain his status as one of the game's top closers.
With Trevor Hoffman re-signing with the Padres today, it appears Beck will head for free agency in his quest to reach 300 saves.
The Players Choice Awards winners are selected by secret ballot of all Major League players, under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG. This year's balloting took place on September 16 & 17.
Each Players Choice Award winner will designate the child-related charity of his choice to receive a grant from the Players Trust for Children, a not-for-profit foundation created and administered by the players, in an amount ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The Players Trust for Children makes financial and in-kind contributions to child-related charities around the world.
Beck Honored by Peers
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