The American League winner of the 2005 Comeback Player of the Year Award, Jason Giambi, said during a phone interview, "I'm speechless. I'm definitely honored. It's been a lot of hard work and a long road. It's definitely been the most challenging season, no doubt about it. Even more than being a rookie, when you don't know what to expect. I didn't know what to expect this year after being sick and everything, because New York is a tough town to come back in. To do this in New York makes it even more special."
The six American League nominees in 2005 were: Jason Giambi, Jay Gibbons, Roy Halladay, Richie Sexson, Bob Wickman and Barry Zito. Do you believe the fans, who cast more than 400,000 votes, chose the correct winner in 2005 and the years that followed? Share your opinion on Baseball Fever.
The six National League nominees in 2005 were: Cliff Floyd, Brian Fuentes, Troy Glaus, Ken Griffey, Jr., Todd Jones and Andy Pettitte. From wire-to-wire both Ken Griffey, Jr., who finished with 101,264 votes, and Jason Giambi, who finished with 100,037 votes, led their respective league.