Houston Astros shortstop is first rookie position player to win Fall Classic MVP
The Astros rookie Jeremy Pena was chosen as the World Series Most Valuable Player in which the Houston team defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
The Dominican finished with an offensive line of .400/.423/.600 with 10 hits, a home run, 3 RBIs and 5 runs scored, and had at least one hit in each of the series games.
Peña thus crowns a dream first season in which, among other things, he won the Gold Glove and the MVP of the American League Championship Series.
Pedro Guerrero (Dodgers), José Rijo (Cincinnati), Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz (Boston) have been the other Quisqueyans who have won the Most Valuable Player award in a World Series.
Guerrero had an average of .333, with 7 hits in 21 at-bats, including a double, a triple and a pair of home runs in the 1981 World Series against the New York Yankees.
Rijo was the first Dominican pitcher to earn the award, recording two wins in the 1990 Fall Classic against the Oakland Athletics. In his first start he pitched seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and his fourth win outing was 8 1/3 innings with 9 strikeouts and one run allowed.
Manny Ramírez’s batting average in 2004 was .412 with a home run and four RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals and Big Papi in 2013 against the same rival had an average of .688 product of 11 hits in 16 at-bats with a couple of home runs and six RBIs.
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Peña is only the second rookie in history to win the World Series and Championship Series MVP awards, as did another Latino in 1997, Florida Marlins pitcher Liván Hernández.
Furthermore, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 25 years and 45 days, Peña is the youngest position player to win this award. The previous record was held by Bobby Richardson who was 10 days older than Jeremy when he finished the 1960 World Series.