It looks like Los Angeles Dodgers ace shortstop Corey Seager will be needing a bigger trophy case.
After the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night to claim the World Series title, their first in 32 years, Seager was named World Series MVP for his consistent play. He batted .400 with two home runs, five RBIs, and six walks against the Rays, plus the critical grounder in the sixth inning of Game 6 that allowed Mookie Betts to dive home for the go-ahead run.
The World Series MVP win was even sweeter for Seager as he accomplished a rare feat. After also taking home the National League Championship Series MVP plum, he became only the eighth player in MLB history to win both honors in the same season, according to ESPN Statistics and Information.
Corey Seager is the 8th player to win both LCS and World Series MVP honors.
He is the 6th shortstop to win the World Series MVP award, and the first since Édgar Rentería in 2010. pic.twitter.com/puIkumt90Y
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 28, 2020
Seager joined Madison Bumgarner in 2014, David Freese in 2011, Cole Hamels in 20o8, Livan Hernandez in 1997, Dodgers great Orel Hershiser in 1988 (the last time the team won the World Series pennant), Darrell Porter in 1982, and Willie Stargell in 1979.
Corey Seager also became only the sixth shortstop in MLB history to win the World Series MVP award.
He did have plenty of help all series, particularly from Clayton Kershaw, who had a historic series on the mound. He became just the third starting pitcher to earn two wins and strike out at least one-third of the batters he faced in a single World Series, joining legends Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax.
Kershaw, however, is the first pitcher to do so on the winning team and not win the World Series MVP.
The 26-year-old Corey Seager was quite deserving though.
The Charlotte native, who joined the Dodgers in 2015, already has a long list of accolades in his young career. He is a two-time All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and National League Rookie of the Year.