Corey Seager joins Reggie Jackson as only MLB position players to win World Series MVP twice

I think he is also the only player to win a series MVP for two different leagues. Gibson and Koufax won theirs in the NL, and Reggie won both of his in the AL. Seager won one for the NL Dodgers, and one for the AL Rangers. Good for Corey, and a tip o’ the cap to Adolis Garcia who set a bunch of RBI records this post-season, but to me one of the most interesting stories of the post-season was Nathan Eovaldi.

He came into this season with 67 wins and 68 losses in 11 years. That was a big improvement over his 15-35 career start, but he still wasn’t the guy who was expected to be a hero this year. Yet he led the Rangers in wins, had a winning percentage greater than .700 in the regular season, and was a perfect 5-0 in the post-season. What can ya say? “Horses for courses,” and Arlington is his course.

As for the D-Backs, they may be the most unlikely World Series team of all time. They were outscored by the opposition in the regular season. Counting the post-season, they were outscored for the year. They were outscored 30-21 by the Phillies in the NLCS, despite winning the series. Yet somehow they wended their way through that maze, won the pennant, and had a shot at the whole enchilada.

9 thoughts on “Corey Seager joins Reggie Jackson as only MLB position players to win World Series MVP twice

    1. Mickey said that the only time he ever cried in baseball was after losing game 7 to the obviously inferior Pirates.

      1. I still remember the ache I felt when Yogi (playing left field) starts trotting in before the ball cleared the fence

    2. As a great song from the same year Jimmy Jones’ “Good Timin” put it.
      “Oh, you need timin’
      A-ticka, ticka, ticka, good timin’
      A-tocka, tocka, tocka, tocka
      Timin’ is the thing
      It’s true.”
      The Yankees should have spread their runs around a little better (+35 in their three blowouts). Watched the last game in gym class (LA) and loved the end. Already a confirmed Yankee hater and I hadn’t even moved to an AL city yet.

      1. I always rooted against the Yankees as well. Everyone loved Yogi and Mickey and ol’ Casey, and I did as well, but they just won too damned much.

        Mantle’s point was that they were able to accept it when they lost to the Braves or Dodgers, who fielded entire rosters full of future Hall of Famers and near misses, but losing to the horseshit Pirates was a total embarrassment.

        He certainly had a point. The rest of the NL felt the same way. The Pirates sucked in 1959 and they went right back to sucking in 1961. Nobody has ever figured out how the 1960 squad, with the same players that stunk every other year, could have become the NL champs, let alone the World Series winners.

        1. Luck. You are all jealous of the Yankees because none of your teams will ever come close to matching titles they do have.

          1. Their record of winning the World Series in five consecutive seasons (1949-1953) seems to be safe for all time, and their second-best record of four in a row (1936-1939) also seems to be permanent. And of course the 1998-2000 team is tied for third place on the list!

            No National Leaguer has ever played on five World Series winners, let alone five in a row. Yogi Berra played on 10 winners (including those five in a row), DiMaggio 9, Gehrig (and others) 8.

            The NL record is held by Frankie Frisch and Jim Gilliam, who played on four Series winners. More than 50 Yankees have topped that.

            CAVEATS: (Koufax and Podres were on the squad of four world championship Dodger teams, and thus matched Frisch and Gilliam with four rings, but Podres did not play in the 1965 series and Koufax did not play in 1955. Pablo Sandoval was also on the squad of four WS winners, but did not play in the 2021 World Series. Frisch and Gilliam are the only National Leaguers who played in and won four World Series.)


            SIDEBAR: Who played on the most World Series losers?

            Elston Howard and Pee Wee Reese lost six each. Howard played in ten World Series, winning four. Pee Wee played in seven, winning only one.

            The Yankees can’t take full credit for Ellie’s six losses. He and other Yankees lost five, then Howard lost an extra one with the Red Sox. He did tie for another undesirable record with the Yankees – Howard, Mantle, Ford and Richardson lost the World Series to four different opponents: 1963 to the Dodgers; 1964 to the Cardinals; 1957 to the Braves; and 1960 to the aforementioned horseshit Pirates, the one that made Mantle cry.

            As you may have guessed, Reese lost all six to the same team, and I think we all know which one.

            Reese and Howard at least had wins to offset their six losses, but there are three players who appeared in five different World Series and played for the losing side all five times.

            Bonehead Merkle (1911, 1912 and 1913 Giants, 1916 Dodgers, 1918 Cubs)

            Terry Pendleton (1985 and 1987 Cardinals, 1991, 1992 and 1996 Braves)

            Rube Marquard (1911, 1912 and 1913 Giants, 1916 and 1920 Dodgers). Poor Marquard. The Hall of Famer started and won two games in the 1912 Series. Given that one of his teammates won the ERA championship that year, and another was the great Christy Mathewson, you would think he’d be guaranteed a championship. (All four of the Giants’ starters finished in the top seven in the league in ERA.) The championship remained out of reach. Matty started three games and never got a W, although he threw three complete games with a 0.94 ERA. That was the year of Smoky Joe Wood, who won 34 games in the regular season (including 16 in a row) and three more in the World Series for the Red Sox.

            * Because of injuries and illness, Smoky Joe was never the same pitcher again, and spent his final five seasons playing other positions. He won another World Series in 1920 as a Cleveland outfielder!

            * The Red Sox, meanwhile, went from being the best team in the game (four World Series victories in seven years, 1912 to 1918) to being a second-division club from 1919 to 1933. I think you baseball fans probably know what happened to create such a dramatic fall. If you don’t know the story, the Sox owner basically sold or traded an entire pitching staff to the Yankees. Herb Pennock, Waite Hoyt and Carl Mays all became star pitchers for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s. A fourth member of that group switched to the outfield and became the greatest player in baseball history.

          2. Live in the past much? You frontrunners, who don’t seem to notice that the Wankees aren’t in front much anymore, should be jealous of the Red Sox and Giants this century.

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