Forget the Sporting News, Alex Rodriguez is our comeback player of the year

The Sporting News announced the winners of their Comeback Player of the Year Awards as voted on by MLB players themselves. Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers overwhelmingly won in the American League with 112 votes. Alex Rodriguez came in second place with 14 votes. And over in the National League, Matt Harvey, tomorrow night's Game One starter for the Mets, won a close race with 72 votes over second place vote getter Carlos Gonazlez of the Rockies who collected 66. We're not saying that Prince Fielder doesn't deserve the award because he did very well this year and helped lead the Texas Rangers to the AL West title and to the division series, but forget the Sporting News (pffft) and forget the MLB players (pffft) because A-Rod is our comeback player of the year and here are a few reasons why (in backwards chronological order - September to February):

Alex starts a rally in the ninth inning that helps the Yankees to a huge comeback win against the Rays in September:

He hits his 30th home run of the season. Remember how people were saying he'd barely hit 10-15? Yep:

He hits a go ahead, grand slam against the Twins proving once and for all how "not clutch" he really is:

He belts a home run on his 40th birthday. Nice job, old man!:

He hits three home runs in a game in Minnesota and helps the Yankees to a pretty exciting comeback win:

He rolls into home plate against Baltimore because he's a total dork and then has to get sprayed with water in the dugout because old men shouldn't run that hard:

He clubs a home run for his 3000th hit off Justin Verlander on the first pitch he sees that night because of course he did:

He passes 2,000 RBI milestone:

He passes Willie Mays with home run #661:

He ties Willie Mays with home run #660 which is a go-ahead, ultimately game-winning, pinch-hit trip around the bases. Nice!:

He hits two home runs in Tampa to help the Yankees win the game. Both absolute bombs:

He hits a single for his first hit of the season against Toronto at the Stadium:

He draws a walk in his first at bat of the season in the home opener which should have been a sign that 2015 wasn't going to be as bad as most people (writers) predicted:

Here's his big return to Spring Training when everyone assumed he'd be cut from the team by the end of March. Suckers!:

Congratulations Alex. We don't have a trophy or a plaque for you, but just knowing that you're IIATMS' comeback player of the year should be enough reason to celebrate.