In truth, this season should have been Old Yeller'd back in ... March. Or earlier than that, the day left handed starting pitcher Derek Holland "tripped" over his best friend, a dog named Wrigley.
When it was announced Holland would require micro-fracture surgery to repair his knee, I declared he was out for the season. Alas, I was wrong. My thinking was that recovering from that surgery would include complications that would delay his return until 2015.
While there were minor complications, Holland's successful return makes him the 2014 Texas Rangers "MVP", because somebody has to win it and he should be commended for making every effort to return in a garbage season. Unlike other players - or maybe a fellow member of the Rangers' rotation who shall remained unnamed - Holland tried like hell to play despite the team's bad record.
"For myself, I can't say for the team, it's a success. Nobody believed I was going to be here," Holland told a few of us media scum on Friday. "I could have been here in July, but it wouldn't have mattered then. The way the season turned out, I'm glad to have come back and pitch. It's definitely uplifting to be out here and playing."
In the five starts he has made since he came back, he is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA. In 34.1 innings, he has allowed 31 hits with only four walks and 24 strikeouts. There is no way Holland would have made the difference on this team o' trash, but this type of production certainly is an indication he had Career Year potential. At 27 he is in his prime, and considering all that he went through to come back this season, he's the MVP.
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