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Greg Holland of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on June 20, 2017 in Denver.
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Greg Holland’s remarkable return to the mound was rewarded with official recognition Friday.

The Rockies’ closer was named the 2017 National League comeback player of the year. Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was named the AL’s comeback player of the year.

Holland, who missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015 as a member of the Kansas City Royals, helped the Rockies secure their first playoff appearance since 2009. The 32-year-old right-hander, who signed with the Rockies as a free agent, notched 41 saves, tied with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen for the most in the NL. Holland was named an all-star for the third time in his career.

Holland, who declined a $15 million club option to play for the Rockies in 2018, and also declined Colorado’s $17.4 million qualifying offer, is now a free agent. The Rockies have expressed interest in bringing him back, but there are no guarantees that will happen.

Holland’s 41 saves tied Colorado’s single-season record originally set by Jose Jimenez in 2002. In 61 appearances, Holland went 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA. He struck out 70 and walked 26 over 57 ⅓ innings. Holland, who is the first Rockies player to win the award, converted each of his first 23 save chances, posting a 1.09 ERA over 26 appearances from April 3 to June 14.

Holland slumped after that, going 3-6 with 18 saves in 22 chances and a 5.51 ERA from June 15 to the end of the season.

Moustakas hit .272, with a career-best 38 home runs, 85 RBIs and 75 runs scored over 148 games.  Moustakas, who was limited to just 27 games in 2016 following a torn ACL, was selected to his second career All-Star Game.

The comeback players of the year are selected by the 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com.

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