Jeremy Peña was already having one of the most remarkable postseasons turned in by a rookie, and now he is forever etched in baseball lore.
The Astros shortstop became the first rookie position player named World Series Most Valuable Player following Houston’s series-clinching Game 6 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
That came on the heels of Peña winning MVP honors in the American League Championship Series. The only other rookie to win both a World Series and LCS MVP in the same season was Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez in 1997.
For the six-game Fall Classic, Peña batted .400 with 10 hits and a 1.023 OPS. The highlight came in the Astros’ win in Game 5, when Peña became the first rookie shortstop to homer in the World Series.