Daniel Bard's return to the big leagues was undoubtedly one of the best stories of the 2020 MLB season.
Bard began his professional baseball career in 2009 as an encouraging Boston Red Sox prospect, but a case of the yips forced him out of MLB in 2013. Since then, the 35-year-old has worked tirelessly to make a comeback.
He finally accomplished that goal with the Colorado Rockies in 2020.
In 24 1/3 innings pitched during the abbreviated season, Bard posted a 3.65 ERA and was a solid arm out of Colorado's bullpen. The effort made him a no-brainer for the National League Comeback Player of the Year award, which was announced Thursday.
Bard also was named the MLBPA's NL Comeback Player of the Year back in October.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez earned the American League Comeback Player of the Year award.