Salvador Perez Wins World Series MVP Honors
It was a moment, thirty years in the making as the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series, defeating the New York Mets in Game 5. But, there was another moment that was just as special, catcher Salvador Perez winning the MVP of the World Series honors after tying the game with his RBI in the ninth and then leading off the 12th inning with a single that started the Royals winning rally, a sort of redemption one could say, as Perez found himself in that same position last year in the final moment of Game 7, this was the moment he had wished for.
After losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the World Series in 2014 the Royals set their sights on the Championship this season, and that they did. Perez has been a staple in the Royals lineup not only at the plate but behind it as well, becoming one of the best framing catchers in the Majors. The twenty-five year old is just the second player from Venezuela to win the World Series MVP title. Besides his clutch hits in Game 5, he hit .364 in the series with two RBIs and two doubles. In the regular season Perez hit .260 throughout the regular season along with twenty-0ne homers and seventy runs batted in. In 2015 he also made his third All-Star appearance, starting for the American League team along with several of his teammates. Perez also won the Gold Glove in 2013 and 2014.
Perez was signed by the Kansas City Royals at just sixteen years old while playing in Venezuela at a school specifically designed for prospective baseball players. He made his way throughout the Royals’ farm system and made his Major League Debut on August 10, 2011.