Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace who was tragically killed in a boating accident on Sept. 25, was posthumously honored on Wednesday night at the 25th Annual Players Choice Awards.
In a bittersweet moment, Fernandez was announced as the National League Comeback Player of the Year for the 2016 season.
Fernandez, 24, went 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA, 2.30 FIP, 1.12 WHIP and an NL-best 12.5 K/9 ratio in 29 starts this past season. He made only 11 starts in the 2015 season after returning from Tommy John surgery.
Voting was done by MLB players on Sept. 20 – five days before Fernandez’s death.
Other winners on Wednesday night included:
Player of the Year Award: Astros 2B Jose Altuve
AL Most Outstanding Player: Astros 2B Jose Altuve
NL Most Outstanding Player: Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy
AL Most Outstanding Pitcher: Red Sox SP Rick Porcello
NL Most Outstanding Pitcher: Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks
AL Most Outstanding Rookie: Tigers SP Michael Fulmer
NL Most Outstanding Rookie: Dodgers SS Corey Seager
AL Comeback Player: Orioles OF/DH Mark Trumbo
Majestic Always Game Award: Astros 2B Jose Altuve
Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award: Mets OF Curtis Granderson