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Sporting News names Jose Fernandez NL Comeback Player of the Year

Fernandez had a dominant season.

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Sporting News named Jose Fernandez its National League Comeback Player of the Year, the outlet announced Tuesday.

One-hundred and seventy seven National League players selected Fernandez, and the surveys were conducted before Fernandez passed away, according to Sporting News.

Fernandez was expected to anchor the Marlins’ pitching staff in 2016, and he did just that. Over 182.1 innings this season, he pitched to a 2.86 ERA and 2.30 FIP.

For much of the season, Fernandez was discussed in the context of the National League Cy Young Award race.

While Sporting News recognized Fernandez for his performance this season, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested Major League Baseball create an award in Fernandez’s honor.

Rosenthal wrote the league can consider a Spirit Award winner for each team, given to the player on each team who displays the most love of the game.

It’s nice that Fernandez continues to get recognized, and it might not be the last time it happens this off-season.