World Series Most Valuable Player Award

Last updated
Willie Mays World Series MVP Award
Sport Baseball
League Major League Baseball
Awarded forAnnual most valuable player of the World Series
CountryUnited States, Canada
Presented byMajor League Baseball
History
First award1955
Most recent Corey Seager, 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers
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". Reggie.JPG
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 Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is given to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance in the World Series, [1] which is the final round of the 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] [3] On September 29, 2017, it was renamed in honor of Willie Mays in remembrance of the 63rd anniversary of The Catch. [4] Mays never won the award himself.

Contents

Pitchers have been named Series MVP twenty-nine (29) 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 Bret 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 nine times. Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees is the only player in World Series history to be named MVP despite being on the losing team. The most recent winner is Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who won the award in 2020.

Trophy

The World Series MVP award up to 2017 was a trophy that was similar to the Commissioner's Trophy, albeit scaled down and with a single large gold-plated flag.

After being renamed to Willie Mays World Series MVP Award for the 2018 edition and onward, the trophy is a wooden pedestal topped by a bronze sculpture of Willie Mays making the iconic catch in the 1954 World Series.

General Motors has provided a vehicle to the World Series MVP winner for 14 straight seasons through 2018. [5]

Winners

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. DonLarsen.jpg
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.
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won the 1970 World Series MVP Award. Brooks Robinson 1955.jpg
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won the 1970 World Series MVP Award.
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics. Rollie Fingers.jpg
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.
Pete Rose won the 1975 World Series MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, and became the second third baseman to win the award. Pete Rose 2008.jpg
Pete Rose won the 1975 World Series MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, and became the second third baseman to win the award.
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won the World Series MVP in the 1976 World Series. Bench Johnny.jpg
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won the World Series MVP in the 1976 World Series.
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt won the 1980 World Series MVP with the Philadelphia Phillies. Mike Schmidt.jpg
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt won the 1980 World Series MVP with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Steve Yeager was one of the three 1981 World Series MVPs for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Steve Yeager 2008 NLCS.jpg
Steve Yeager was one of the three 1981 World Series MVPs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the 1988 season. Orelhershiser.jpg
Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the 1988 season.
Dave Stewart won the 1989 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics. Dave Stewart on August 1, 2009.jpg
Dave Stewart won the 1989 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.
Tom Glavine won the World Series MVP in the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves. Tom Glavine Pitching 1993.jpg
Tom Glavine won the World Series MVP in the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Mariano Rivera won the 1999 World Series MVP with the New York Yankees. Mariano Rivera allison 7 29 07.jpg
Mariano Rivera won the 1999 World Series MVP with the New York Yankees.
Derek Jeter won the World Series MVP in 2000 World Series with the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter batting stance allison.jpg
Derek Jeter won the World Series MVP in 2000 World Series with the New York Yankees.
Randy Johnson (top) and Curt Schilling shared the World Series MVP Award in 2001. Randy Johnson 04.jpg
Randy Johnson (top) and Curt Schilling shared the World Series MVP Award in 2001.
Troy Glaus won the MVP award in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels. DSC02300 Troy Glaus.jpg
Troy Glaus won the MVP award in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels.
Mike Lowell won the World Series MVP in the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Mike Lowell2.JPG
Mike Lowell won the World Series MVP in the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2009, Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player, as well as the first full-time designated hitter, to win the award. Hideki Matsui in USA-7.jpg
In 2009, Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player, as well as the first full-time designated hitter, to win the award.
Pablo Sandoval was MVP in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants. Pablo Sandoval on July 15, 2010.jpg
Pablo Sandoval was MVP in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants.
Ben Zobrist won the MVP award in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs. Ben Zobrist with 2016 World Series MVP trophy.jpg
Ben Zobrist won the MVP award in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs.
George Springer won the MVP award in 2017 for the Houston Astros. George Springer on August 18, 2016.jpg
George Springer won the MVP award in 2017 for the Houston Astros.
Key
YearLinks to the article about that corresponding World Series
Dagger-14-plain.pngMember of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngActive 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)
YearPlayerTeamPositionSelected statisticsNote
1955 Johnny Podres Brooklyn Dodgers Starting pitcher [6]
1956 Don Larsen New York Yankees Starting pitcher [8]
1957 Lew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Starting pitcher [9]
1958 Bob Turley New York Yankees Pitcher
  • 2–1 record and 1 save over 4 appearances (2 starts); 1 shutout
  • 5 earned runs allowed over 16+13 innings pitched
  • 13 strikeouts
[10]
1959 Larry Sherry Los Angeles Dodgers Relief pitcher [11]
1960 Bobby Richardson New York Yankees § Second baseman [12]
1961 Whitey Ford Dagger-14-plain.png New York Yankees Starting pitcher [13]
1962 Ralph Terry New York Yankees Starting pitcher [14]
1963 Sandy Koufax Dagger-14-plain.png Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [15]
1964 Bob Gibson Dagger-14-plain.png St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [16]
1965 Sandy Koufax Dagger-14-plain.png (2) Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [17]
1966 Frank Robinson Dagger-14-plain.png Baltimore Orioles Outfielder [18]
1967 Bob Gibson Dagger-14-plain.png (2) St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [19]
1968 Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Starting pitcher [20]
1969 Donn Clendenon New York Mets First baseman [21]
1970 Brooks Robinson Dagger-14-plain.png Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [22]
1971 Roberto Clemente Dagger-14-plain.png Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [23]
1972 Gene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [24]
1973 Reggie Jackson Dagger-14-plain.png Oakland Athletics Outfielder [25]
1974 Rollie Fingers Dagger-14-plain.png Oakland Athletics Relief pitcher [26]
1975 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Third baseman [27]
1976 Johnny Bench Dagger-14-plain.png Cincinnati Reds Catcher [28]
1977 Reggie Jackson Dagger-14-plain.png (2) New York Yankees Outfielder [29]
1978 Bucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [30]
1979* Willie Stargell Dagger-14-plain.png Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [31]
1980 Mike Schmidt Dagger-14-plain.png Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [32]
1981^ Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [33]
1981^ Pedro Guerrero Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [33]
1981^ Steve Yeager Los Angeles Dodgers Catcher [33]
1982* Darrell Porter St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [34]
1983 Rick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [35]
1984 Alan Trammell Dagger-14-plain.png Detroit Tigers Shortstop [36]
1985 Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Starting pitcher [37]
1986 Ray Knight New York Mets Third baseman [38]
1987 Frank Viola Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [39]
1988* Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [40]
1989 Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher [41]
1990 José Rijo Cincinnati Reds Starting pitcher [42]
1991 Jack Morris Dagger-14-plain.png Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [43]
1992 Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays Catcher [44]
1993 Paul Molitor Dagger-14-plain.png Toronto Blue Jays Designated hitter,
first baseman,
third baseman
[45]
1994 Series cancelled due to player's strike [46]
1995 Tom Glavine Dagger-14-plain.png Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher [47]
1996 John Wetteland New York Yankees Relief pitcher [48]
1997* Liván Hernández Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [49] [50]
1998 Scott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [51]
1999 Mariano Rivera Dagger-14-plain.png New York Yankees Relief pitcher [52] [53]
2000 Derek Jeter Dagger-14-plain.png New York Yankees Shortstop [54] [55]
2001^ Randy Johnson Dagger-14-plain.png Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [56] [57]
2001^ Curt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks Starting pitcher [56] [58]
2002 Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [59] [60]
2003 Josh Beckett Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [61] [62]
2004 Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox Outfielder [63] [64]
2005 Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [65] [66]
2006 David Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [67] [68]
2007 Mike Lowell Boston Red Sox Third baseman [69] [70]
2008* Cole Hamels Double-dagger-14-plain.png Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher [71] [72]
2009 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Designated hitter [73] [74]
2010 Edgar Rentería San Francisco Giants Shortstop [75] [76]
2011* David Freese St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [77] [78]
2012 Pablo Sandoval Double-dagger-14-plain.png San Francisco Giants Third baseman [79] [80]
2013 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox Designated hitter [81] [82] [83]
2014* Madison Bumgarner Double-dagger-14-plain.png San Francisco Giants Starting pitcher [84] [85] [86]
2015 Salvador Pérez Double-dagger-14-plain.png Kansas City Royals Catcher [87]
2016 Ben Zobrist Chicago Cubs Outfielder [88]
2017 George Springer Double-dagger-14-plain.png Houston Astros Outfielder [89]
2018

Steve Pearce

Boston Red Sox First baseman [90]
2019 Stephen Strasburg Double-dagger-14-plain.png Washington Nationals Starting pitcher [91]
2020* Corey Seager Double-dagger-14-plain.png Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop [92]

By team

Johnny Podres - Los Angeles Dodgers - 1961.jpg
Corey Seager on September 5, 2015.jpg
Johnny Podres (top) and Corey Seager are the first and most recent Dodgers to win the award.
World Series MVPs by team
TeamTotal
New York Yankees 12
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers 9
St. Louis Cardinals 5
Boston Red Sox 4
Oakland Athletics 4
Baltimore Orioles 3
Cincinnati Reds 3
San Francisco Giants 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Detroit Tigers 2
Florida Marlins 2
Kansas City Royals 2
Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 2
Minnesota Twins 2
New York Mets 2
Philadelphia Phillies 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Toronto Blue Jays 2
Anaheim Angels 1
Chicago Cubs 1
Chicago White Sox 1
Houston Astros 1
Washington Nationals 1

By position

Bobby Richardson is the only second baseman to win the award. Bobby Richardson - New York Yankees.jpg
Bobby Richardson is the only second baseman to win the award.
World Series MVPs by position
PositionTotal
Pitcher Dagger-14-plain.png29
Third baseman 10
Outfielder 9
Catcher 7
Shortstop 6
Designated hitter 3
First baseman 3
Second baseman 1

Dagger-14-plain.png Pitching total includes both starting and relief roles.

Multiple winners

PlayerPositionWinsYears
Sandy Koufax starting pitcher 2 1963, 1965
Bob Gibson starting pitcher 2 1964, 1967
Reggie Jackson outfielder 2 1973, 1977

See also

Notes

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax won the award twice. Sandy Koufax.jpg
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax won the award twice.

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