Rays closer and post game archer, Fernando Rodney, has been honored as the American League Comeback player of the year for 2012. Rodney was dominant all year and was the best stopper in the league all season long. He went 2-2 with 48 saves and a 0.60 ERA in 76 appearances (a career-high), the Rays closer also earned the 2012 Delivery Man of the Year award one season after a 4.50 ERA in 39 games for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Rodney gave up a mere 43 hits, 5 earned runs and 15 walks in 74.2 innings pitched in 2012. His 0.60 ERA set a Major League record for a relief pitcher with a minimum of 50 innings pitched, eclipsing Dennis Eckersley’s record of .061 set in 1990. Rodney had a career-best 48 saves (second in the Majors)and set a new Tampa Bay club record, Rafael Soriano’s 45 saves in 2010.
Rodney, became the oldest first-time All-Star in Rays history and pitched a perfect inning in the midsummer classic.