Dunn wins 'Sporting News' comeback award

Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn was named "The Sporting News" American League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Dunn, an All-Star selection, batted .204 with 41 home runs, 96 RBIs, 105 walks and 87 runs in 151 games in 2012. He led the majors in walks and strikeouts and finished fifth in home runs. His 41 homers tied for sixth most in franchise history and were the second most by a left-handed hitter behind Jim Thome's 42 in 1996. Dunn also hit his 400th career home run and recorded his 1,000th career RBI during the season.

Dunn increased his totals in every category after hitting .159 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs, 75 walks and 36 runs in 122 games in 2011.

“We had a number of guys mentioned throughout the season as candidates for this award, which is gratifying for us as a coaching staff,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said in a statement. “Adam is one of the best clubhouse guys I have been around, and it’s nice to see that his hard work paid off. He is deserving of the honor.”

Dunn is the fifth White Sox player to receive the award since its inception in 1965. He joined Thome (2006), Paul Konerko (2004), Frank Thomas (2000) and Bo Jackson (1993).