2008: The Year That Was of Comeback Players
This is the second part of a seven-part series, and we take a look at the comeback players of 2008 in North America's four top professional sports leagues. Also remember, Day Three will be the Most Overrated players, Day Four is the Most Underrated, Day Five is the Most Amazing Moments, Day Six is Most the Surprising players, and Day Seven is Most Hated players.
So let's start.
NBA PF Amare Stoudemire
Amare takes the cake as NBA comeback player of the year in 2008. He went from a 2006-2007 season of 1.3 BPG, 1.0 APG, 20.4 PTS/G and a FG% of .575 to a breakout season in 2007-2008 of 2.1 BPG, 1.5 APG, 25.2 PTS/G and a FG% of .590
NFL QB Kurt Warner
In 14 games this season, Warner has improved in almost every stat, from his 14 games last season. Almsot 100 more completions, almost 1,000 more yards, four less interceptions, and his rating has gone up from 89.8 to 97.5. Kurt is again an elite QB in the NFL.
NHL C Simon Gagne
After a string of concussions in 2007 that limited Gagne to 25 games, Gagne is back and is on fire. In 2007, Gagne picked up 18 points, a +/- rating of
-8 and only 7 goals. This season, he has played 31 games, picking up 38 points, a +19 rating, and 16 goals.
MLB P Cliff Lee
It may seem odd that this year's American League Cy Young winner is also the comeback player, but it is true. Cliff Lee defined a comeback player this year.
Lee improved in every single pitching stat this season. from a terrible 2007 season of 5 wins, 8 losses,an ERA of 6.29 and 66 strike outs, he exploded in 2008 with 22 wins, 3 losses, an ERA of 2.54 and 170 strike outs.
Also, he went from zero shutouts, 97.1 innings pitched, and 17 home runs against two shutouts, 223.1 innings pitched, and 12 homers against in 2008