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World Series Most Valuable Player Award
Awarded forAnnual Most Valuable Player of the World Series
Presented byMajor League Baseball
CountryUnited States
First awarded1955
Currently held byPablo Sandoval, 2012 San Francisco Giants
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Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson won the 1973 and 1977 World Series MVPs. Jackson hit five home runs in the 1977 World Series, and took the nickname "Mr. October".

The World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is given to the player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance in the World Series,[1] which is the final round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason. The award was first presented in 1955 as the SPORT Magazine Award, but is now decided during the final game of the Series by a committee of reporters and officials present at the game.[2]

The series follows a best-of-seven playoff format, and occurs after the Division Series and the League Championship Series (LCS).[3] It is played by the winners of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).[4] The most recent champions are the San Francisco Giants, who won in the 2012 World Series.[5]

Pitchers have been named Series MVP twenty-six times; four of them were relief pitchers. Twelve of the first fourteen World Series MVPs were won by pitchers; from 1969 until 1986, the proportion of pitcher MVPs declined—Rollie Fingers (1974) and Saberhagen (1985) were the only two pitchers to win the award in this period. From 1987 until 1991, all of the World Series MVPs were pitchers, and since 1995, pitchers have won the award eight times.

Winners

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Don Larsen won the World Series MVP in the 1956 World Series with the New York Yankees. Larsen is the only pitcher to pitch a perfect game in World Series history.

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Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won the 1970 World Series MVP, becoming the first third baseman to win the award.

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Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.

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Pete Rose won the 1975 World Series MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, and became the second third baseman to win the award.

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Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won the World Series MVP in the 1976 World Series, becoming the second catcher to win the award.

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Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt won the 1980 World Series MVP with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Steve Yeager was one of the three 1981 World Series MVPs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP, all in the 1988 season.

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Dave Stewart won the 1989 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.

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Tom Glavine won the World Series MVP in the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.

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Mariano Rivera won the 1999 World Series MVP with the New York Yankees.

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Randy Johnson (top) and Curt Schilling combined for all four of Arizona Diamondback's wins in the 2001 World Series. Both of them shared the World Series MVP.

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Mike Lowell won the World Series MVP in the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox.

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Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP), was a player to win both this award and the League Championship Series MVP in the same season.

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In 2009, Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player, as well as the first full-time designated hitter, to win the award.

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David Freese won the award and the National League Championship Series MVP in the same year for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

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Pablo Sandoval was MVP in 2012 after hitting a record three home runs in Game 1 for the San Francisco Giants.

Key
Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
double-dagger Active player
* Indicates player also won the LCS MVP Award in the same postseason
§ Indicates losing team in the World Series
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same World Series
(#) Indicates number of times winning World Series MVP at that point (if he won multiple times)
 Year Player Team Position Selected statistics Note
1955 Podres, JohnnyJohnny Podres Brooklyn Dodgers Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started; both were complete games
  • 2 earned runs allowed in 18 innings pitched
  • 10 strikeouts
[6]
1956 Larsen, DonDon Larsen New York Yankees Starting pitcher
  • 1–0 record in 2 games started; one perfect game—only no-hitter in World Series history[7]
  • 0 earned runs allowed in 10 23 innings pitched[8]
  • 7 strikeouts
[9]
1957 Burdette, LewLew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Starting pitcher
  • 3–0 record in 3 games started; all were complete games
  • 2 earned runs allowed in 27 innings pitched
  • 13 strikeouts
[10]
1958 Turley, BobBob Turley New York Yankees Pitcher
  • 2–1 record and 1 save in 4 appearances (2 starts); one complete game
  • 5 earned runs allowed in 16 13 innings pitched
  • 13 strikeouts
[11]
1959 Sherry, LarryLarry Sherry Los Angeles Dodgers Relief pitcher
  • 2–0 record and 2 saves in 4 appearances
  • 1 earned run in 12 23 innings pitched
  • 5 strikeouts
[12]
1960 Richardson, BobbyBobby Richardson New York Yankees§ Second baseman [13]
1961 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Forddagger New York Yankees Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started; one complete game
  • 14 scoreless innings pitched
  • 7 strikeouts
[14]
1962 Terry, RalphRalph Terry New York Yankees Starting pitcher
  • 2–1 record in 3 games started; two complete games
  • 5 earned runs in 25 innings pitched
  • 16 strikeouts
[15]
1963 Koufax, SandySandy Koufaxdagger Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started; both were complete games
  • 3 earned runs in 18 innings pitched
  • 23 strikeouts
[16]
1964 Gibson, BobBob Gibsondagger St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher
  • 2–1 record in 3 games started; one complete game
  • 9 earned runs in 27 innings pitched
  • 31 strikeouts
[17]
1965 Koufax, SandySandy Koufaxdagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher
  • 2–1 record in 3 games started; two shutouts
  • 1 earned run in 24 innings pitched
  • 29 strikeouts
[18]
1966 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Outfielder
  • .857 slugging percentage
  • 2 home runs
  • 3 runs batted in
[19]
1967 Gibson, BobBob Gibsondagger (2) St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher
  • 3–0 record in 3 games started; all were complete games
  • 3 earned run in 27 innings pitched
  • 26 strikeouts
[20]
1968 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Starting pitcher
  • 3–0 record in 3 games started; all were complete games
  • 5 earned run in 27 innings pitched
  • 21 strikeouts
[21]
1969 Clendenon, DonnDonn Clendenon New York Mets First baseman [22]
1970 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [23]
1971 Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clementedagger Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [24]
1972 Tenace, GeneGene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [25]
1973 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger Oakland Athletics Outfielder [26]
1974 Fingers, RollieRollie Fingersdagger Oakland Athletics Relief pitcher
  • 1–0 record and 2 saves in 4 appearances
  • 2 earned run in 9 13 innings pitched
  • 6 strikeouts
[27]
1975 Rose, PetePete Rose Cincinnati Reds Third baseman [28]
1976 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Benchdagger Cincinnati Reds Catcher [29]
1977 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger (2) New York Yankees Outfielder [30]
1978 Dent, BuckyBucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [31]
1979* Stargell, WillieWillie Stargelldagger Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [32]
1980 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidtdagger Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [33]
1981^ Cey, RonRon Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [34]
1981^ Guerrero, PedroPedro Guerrero Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [34]
1981^ Yeager, SteveSteve Yeager Los Angeles Dodgers Catcher [34]
1982* Porter, DarrellDarrell Porter St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [35]
1983 Dempsey, RickRick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [36]
1984 Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell Detroit Tigers Shortstop [37]
1985 Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started; both were complete games
  • 1 earned run in 18 innings pitched
  • 10 strikeouts
[38]
1986 Knight, RayRay Knight New York Mets Third baseman [39]
1987 Viola, FrankFrank Viola Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher
  • 2–1 record in 3 games started
  • 8 earned runs in 19 13 innings pitched
  • 16 strikeouts
[40]
1988* Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started; both were complete games
  • 2 earned runs in 18 innings pitched
  • 17 strikeouts
[41]
1989 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started; one complete game
  • 3 earned runs in 16 innings pitched
  • 14 strikeouts
[42]
1990 Rijo, JoséJosé Rijo Cincinnati Reds Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started
  • 1 earned run in 15 innings pitched
  • 14 strikeouts
[43]
1991 Morris, JackJack Morris Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 3 games started; one shutout
  • 3 earned run in 23 innings pitched
  • 9 strikeouts
[44]
1992 Borders, PatPat Borders Toronto Blue Jays Catcher [45]
1993 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitordagger Toronto Blue Jays Third baseman/ Designated hitter [46]
1994
Series cancelled due to player's strike [47]
1995 Glavine, TomTom Glavine Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started
  • 2 earned run in 14 innings pitched
  • 11 strikeouts
[48]
1996 Wetteland, JohnJohn Wetteland New York Yankees Relief pitcher
  • 4 saves in 5 appearances
  • 1 earned run in 4 13 innings pitched
  • 6 strikeouts
[49]
1997* Hernández, LivánLiván Hernándezdouble-dagger Florida Marlins Starting pitcher
  • 2–0 record in 2 games started
  • 8 earned run in 13 23 innings pitched
  • 7 strikeouts
[50][51]
1998 Brosius, ScottScott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [52]
1999 Rivera, MarianoMariano Riveradouble-dagger New York Yankees Relief pitcher
  • 1–0 record and 2 saves in 3 appearances
  • 4 23 scoreless innings pitched
  • 3 strikeouts
[53][54]
2000 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeterdouble-dagger New York Yankees Shortstop [55][56]
2001^ Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher
  • 3–0 record in 3 appearances (2 starts); one shutout
  • 2 earned runs in 17 13 innings pitched
  • 19 strikeouts
[57][58]
2001^ Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks Starting pitcher
  • 1–0 record in 3 games started
  • 4 earned runs in 21 13 innings pitched
  • 26 strikeouts
[57]
2002 Glaus, TroyTroy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [59][60]
2003 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckettdouble-dagger Florida Marlins Starting pitcher
  • 1–1 record in 2 games started; one complete game
  • 2 earned runs in 16 13 innings pitched
  • 19 strikeouts
[61][62]
2004 Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez Boston Red Sox Outfielder [63][64]
2005 Dye, JermaineJermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [65][66]
2006 Eckstein, DavidDavid Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [67][68]
2007 Lowell, MikeMike Lowell Boston Red Sox Third baseman [69][70]
2008* Hamels, ColeCole Hamelsdouble-dagger Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher
  • 1–0 record in 2 games started
  • 4 earned runs in 13 innings pitched
  • 8 strikeouts
[71][72]
2009 Matsui, HidekiHideki Matsuidouble-dagger New York Yankees Designated hitter [73][74]
2010 Rentería, EdgarEdgar Rentería San Francisco Giants Shortstop [75]
2011* Freese, DavidDavid Freesedouble-dagger St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [76]
2012 Sandoval, PabloPablo Sandovaldouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Third baseman [77]
Key
Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
double-dagger Active player
* Indicates player also won the LCS MVP Award in the same postseason
§ Indicates losing team in the World Series
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same World Series
(#) Indicates number of times winning World Series MVP at that point (if he won multiple times)

Notes

  • Johnny Podres won the inaugural award in 1955 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Podres, with nine wins and ten losses during the regular season, beat the Yankees twice in the series; both victories were complete games.[6]
  • Don Larsen won the 1956 World Series MVP after pitching the only no-hitter in World Series history, in the fifth game of the series; the no-hitter was also a perfect game.[78][8]
  • Bobby Richardson won the 1960 World Series MVP while playing for the losing team in the series, the New York Yankees, and had 12 runs batted in, a World Series record;[79] he is also the only second baseman to win the World Series MVP.[80]
  • Depending upon definitions, the first non-American to win the award was either Roberto Clemente in 1971 or Pedro Guerrero in 1981.[81]
  • In 1977, Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in the deciding game, taking the nickname "Mr. October", in which October is the month of the MLB postseason;[82] Jackson had a total of five home runs in the series, a World Series record.[79]
  • Willie Stargell won the 1979 World Series MVP at the age of 39, and is the oldest World Series MVP.[83]
  • In 1996, John Wetteland won the World Series MVP, setting a World Series record with four saves.[84]
  • Twelve World Series MVPs were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;[85] Paul Molitor (1993) is the only Hall of Famer to have won the World Series MVP since 1981. Molitor is also the first designated hitter to win the World Series MVP.[80]
  • Hideki Matsui, the 2009 winner, batted in six runs in the sixth game of the 2009 World Series, tying Richardson's record of most runs batted in for a single World Series game. Matsui became the first Japanese-born player to win the award, as well as the first player to win it as a full-time designated hitter.[86][87] He is also the only player named both a World Series and a Japan Series MVP.[88]
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Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax won the award twice.

  • Three players have won the award twice: Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965), Gibson (1964, 1967), and Jackson (1973, 1977); Jackson is the only player to have won the award with two different teams. There have been two occasions on which multiple winners were awarded in the same World Series: Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager in 1981,[34] and Johnson and Schilling in 2001. The duo of Johnson and Schilling combined for all four of Arizona's wins in the 2001 World Series; Johnson had three of them.[57]
  • Twelve of the fifty-eight World Series MVPs have also won the MLB MVP, the Cy Young Award, or the LCS MVP in the same season. Koufax (1963), Frank Robinson (1966), Jackson (1973), Stargell, and Mike Schmidt (1980) are the only players to have won the MLB MVP and the World Series MVP. A total of six players won the Cy Young Award and the World Series MVP in the same season: Bob Turley (1958), Whitey Ford (1961), Koufax (1963, 1965), Bret Saberhagen (1985), Orel Hershiser (1988), and Johnson (2001). Six players have won the World Series MVP in the same season in which they won the LCS MVP: Stargell (1979), Darrell Porter (1982), Hershiser (1988), Liván Hernández (1997), Cole Hamels (2008), and David Freese (2011)—all of them were the NLCS MVPs. Koufax (1963) is the only person to have won the Cy Young Award, the MLB MVP, and the World Series MVP in the same season, while Stargell (1979) is the only person to have won the MLB MVP, the LCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the same season. Hershiser (1988) won the Cy Young Award, the LCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the same season.[89][90][91]

See also

  • Babe Ruth Award
  • List of Major League Baseball awards
  • Baseball awards #United States

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