Corey Seager had a lot of competition for 2020 World Series MVP. His Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw and Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena immediately come to mind.
But the media voters went with Los Angeles’ 26-year-old shortstop, who was very worthy of the honor, too. Seager finished the six-game series with a .400/.556/.700 slash line, two home runs, five RBIs and six walks. He also played a role in the eventual Series-winning run; Mookie Betts scored on his fielder’s choice bouncer to first base in the sixth inning of Game 6.
“That’s things you think about when you’re a kid, man,” he said postgame. “You wonder what it’s like, you strive to hear that. To do it with this team and this group, man, it couldn’t be any more special.”
The award also completed a rare double: Seager is one of just eight players to be named LCS and World Series MVP in the same season. He was the NLCS honoree after the Dodgers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Braves.
And if baseball had a version of hockey’s Conn Smythe Trophy for playoffs MVP, then he’d have been a candidate for that, as well: He posted a 1.171 OPS, eight home runs, 20 RBIs and 11 walks in 80 plate apperances over four rounds, with all games played away from Dodger Stadium.
Now Seager and the Dodgers can put aside the frustration and pain of the previous three years, which included the team’s back-to-back World Series losses to the cheating Astros and Red Sox. He couldn’t play against the Red Sox in 2018 because he underwent elbow surgery in May of that year.
“Obviously, going through the injuries (he also missed time in the 2017 postseason with a back ailment) and everything like that and missing out on a World Series chance, it hurt, obviously,” he said. “But to be able to come back and get back to the same place with a team that’s been there and this core has been around for a couple years now, and to know what it feels like to lose and be able to rebuild and come back, stay focused and be able to finish, it’s special.”