Who won World Series MVP in 2023? How Corey Seager led the Rangers to a championship

The Rangers were being no-hit through six innings in Arizona in Game 5 of the World Series. Despite that, the Rangers were still in the game that could be a clincher for them, with Nathan Eovaldi putting up a zero on the other side. All Texas needed was a spark.

And with a slow dribbler through the left side of the shifted infield in the top of the seventh, Corey Seager provided that spark. He snapped the Rangers’ hitless run and came around to score the go-ahead run on a base hit by Mitch Garver to give Texas the 1-0 win. Two innings later, Seager helped the Rangers hoist the franchise’s first-ever World Series trophy. Not long after that, he was handed his own piece of hardware, the World Series MVP.

Seager has held both trophies before. In the 2020 World Series, Seager powered the Dodgers to the title, earning World Series MVP along the way. He joined Sandy Koufax and Reggie Jackson as the only three players to win multiple World Series MVP trophies.

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During this year’s Fall Classic, Seager just kept reaching base. In the course of the five-game series, he had six hits, and wound up with a series batting average of .286, and an OPS of 1.137. He walked three times and struck out just five times.

But Seager chose the most meaningful times to pick up those hits. He showed off his clutch tendencies in Game 1, when trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, Seager hit a game-tying two-run blast to tie up the game. The Rangers won the game two innings later when ALCS MVP Adolis Garcia launched a walk-off solo homer.

Seager also walked twice in Game 1, and scored runs both times.

Game 2 was all Diamondbacks. Seager was kept hitless, and Arizona raced out to a 9-1 win. But Seager was back at it in Game 3. In the top of the third, he followed Marcus Semien’s two-out, RBI single with a two-run homer to push Texas’ lead out to 3-0.

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The Rangers offense was clicking throughout Game 4 of the World Series. Texas scored three runs to take an early lead in the top of the second before Seager broke the dam open with a two-run homer to push the Rangers’ lead out to 5-0. He later added a double in the top of the ninth.

Seager picked up two more hits in the series-winning Game 5, including a single in the top of the seventh, from which he scored the go-ahead run. He added another in the top of the ninth as the Rangers poured it on.

Seager was signed to a 10-year, $325 million contract to the Rangers. At the time, it made him the second-highest-paid shortstop in baseball. The Rangers gave him that deal in the hopes that he could be pivotal in delivering the first trophy to the organization.

And in the 2023 World Series, he did exactly that.

Source : ESPN.com

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