PressBox’s third annual Best Of is here, featuring more than 60 honorees, including best win, best save, best dynasty, best atmosphere and much more.

Best Breakthrough

Completely overlooked on a team destined to lose 100-plus games, John Means was the Orioles’ biggest surprise in 2019 and the team’s best starting pitcher.

He put in significant offseason work to add to his fastball velocity and refine his changeup, and he was rewarded with a spot in the All-Star Game and a second-place finish in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Whether Means is the start of a much-needed pitching overhaul for the Orioles or just a random, one-off success story, it was a joy to watch him pitch this past season. The hope is he can keep it going for years to come.

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Plus: Check out PressBox’s 2019 Sportsperson of the Year, Mo Gaba, and Athlete of the Year, Lamar Jackson.

Issue 260: December 2019 / January 2020  


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