World Series MVP is Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez

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The Kansas City Royals 7-2 victory against the New York Mets in Game 5 of the World Series was a big moment for Salvador Perez, but being named Most Valuable Player was even bigger.

Perez had an amazing night; he hit .364/.391/.455 in the series, going 8-for-22 at the plate with two doubles while scoring three runs with two RBIs. During the Series’ Game 5, Perez scored the tying run of The Royals’ ninth inning comeback, and then with a leadoff single triggered their victory before being lifted for pinch runner Jarrod Dyson.

“He just had a phenomenal series,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I think if I had one regret during the whole playoffs, [it] was I had to pinch run for Sal there in that inning. But it opened up the door for us to score five. I really wish that Sal could have been out there to jump in closer Wade Davis arms when we got the final out.”

Perez appeared in every inning of the Series, even though sometimes he was nearly forced to leave the game by routine injuries.

“What I always say, I think it’s part of my job,” Perez said. “Take a foul ball, a wild pitch.”

“Now I don’t feel pain.”

During Game 4 of the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series he received a foul tip off the mask, and in Game 4 of the WS the player was staggered by a tip off his collarbone.

“He’s never going to say nothing,” said Yost, “he’s as tough as they come. You just know that even if you ask him, he’s going to tell you he’s fine, so no sense of asking him.”

In Game 5, it was his turn to bat against Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia, Eric Hosmer was on third base and they only had one out, then Perez hit a grounder to third which allowed Hosmer to score. Hosmer ran home, forcing an aberrant throw by Mets Lucas Duda after Perez was retired on third baseman assist.

“You guys know what we’ve done all season,” Perez said. “We never quit. We never put our heads down. … We always compete to the last out. And that’s what we did tonight.”

Perez became the seventh catcher to win the MVP in the history of the Fall Classic, the last player was Pat Borders while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 World Series. Perez is the second Venezuelan to win the award, the first one was Sandoval in 2012 with the Giants. The Royals signed Perez when he was 16 years old.

“It’s unbelievable. I always say we feel like a family here,” Perez said. “We’ve got the same group, almost the same group [from] when I played my first year in 2007 in Arizona, in the Rookie league. It’s amazing to now win a World Series and see the same guys with you. It’s exciting.”

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