WASHINGTON -- The awards keep coming for Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young, who was named the Players Choice National League Comeback Player of the Year -- as presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association -- on Friday.
It's the third Comeback Player of the Year Award for Young this month. He also was honored by Major League Baseball and The Sporting News.
Young, 34, thought his career was over after the 2006 season. He was released by the Tigers, was put on probation for domestic violence and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. His plan was to drive his camper across the country and watch his siblings, including Devil Rays outfielder Delmon Young, play sports. But Delmon and his father, Larry, told Dmitri he had too much left in the tank to quit.
It's a good thing Young listened to his family. He ended up being one of the most important players on the Nationals this past season, hitting .320 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs in 136 games. The .320 mark was eighth in the NL.
Young also was the No. 1 reason the Nationals' clubhouse went from being one hungry for leadership to a more nurturing atmosphere in less than a season. Young is an unquestioned leader who is always willing to give a young player a helping hand.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.