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League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award

League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award
Awarded for Annual Most Valuable Player of the League Championship Series
Country United States
Presented by American League, National League
First awarded 1977 (NL), 1980 (AL)
Currently held by Michael Wacha, 2013 St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Koji Uehara, 2013 Boston Red Sox (AL)

The second round of the Major League Baseball post-season is known as the League Championship Series (LCS). This series has a best-of-seven playoff format, and currently follows the Division Series,[1] in which the three division champions and one wild card team from each league play against each other based on their regular-season records.[a] The winners of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS) advance to the World Series, Major League Baseball's championship.[2] The 2009 LCS winners were the Philadelphia Phillies (National League)[3] and the New York Yankees (American League).[4]

The LCS Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is given to the player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance in the series.[5] The award has been presented in the National League since 1977, and in the American League since 1980.[1] Dusty Baker won the inaugural award in 1977 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Frank White won the first American League award in 1980 with the Kansas City Royals. The seven Hall of Famers to win LCS MVPs include Roberto Alomar, George Brett, Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, Kirby Puckett, Ozzie Smith, and Willie Stargell.

Three players have won the award twice: Steve Garvey (1978, 1984), Dave Stewart (1990, 1993), and Orel Hershiser (1988, 1995). Six players have gone on to win the World Series MVP Award in the same season in which they won the LCS MVP—all of them in the National League. Willie Stargell was the first to accomplish the feat, winning in 1979, and Darrell Porter won both in 1982. Hershiser notched his two wins in 1988, and Liván Hernández won both in 1997. Cole Hamels did it in 2008. David Freese, the 2011 NLCS MVP, was the last to accomplish the double win.[6] Three players have won while playing for the losing team in the series: Fred Lynn played for the 1982 California Angels;[7] Mike Scott pitched for the 1986 Houston Astros;[8] and Jeffrey Leonard played for the 1987 San Francisco Giants.[9] Two players have shared the award in the same year once; Rob Dibble and Randy Myers combined for 4 saves and 17 strikeouts in 1023 scoreless innings pitched out of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds' bullpen.

Many LCS MVPs have been presented to players who have exhibited rare or extraordinary statistical performances in the seven-game playoff series. Garvey, Leonard, and Albert Pujols hit four home runs in their winning series—Garvey in his first win.[10][11][12] Adam Kennedy won the 2002 ALCS MVP for hitting 3 home runs in 5 games;[13] he had hit 7 during the regular season and, as of the end of the 2009 season, has hit 68 in his 11-year career.[14] David Ortiz had 11 runs batted in (RBI) during the 2004 ALCS[15] and Iván Rodríguez had 10 during the 2003 NLCS[16]—the only two players to reach double-digit RBI in the series in the history of the award. From the pitcher's mound, Steve Avery threw 1613 innings without giving up a run in the 1991 NLCS,[17] and John Smoltz amassed 19 strikeouts the following year.[18] Liván Hernández won the 1997 NLCS MVP after winning his only start and earning a win out of the bullpen in relief; he struck out 16 in 1023 innings.

Liván Hernández (1997, NL) and his half-brother Orlando Hernández (1999, AL) are the only family pair to have won the award.[19] The only rookies to have won the award are Mike Boddicker (1983, AL), Liván Hernández (1997, NL), and Michael Wacha (2013, NL).[20]


Year Links to the article about that corresponding ALCS or NLCS
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Indicates that the player won the World Series MVP Award the same year
Indicates losing team in the series
Indicates multiple award winners in the same year
Indicates number of times winning League Championship Series MVP at that point (if he won multiple times)

American League winners

Year Player Team Position Selected statistics Ref
1980 White, FrankFrank White Kansas City Royals Second baseman [21]
1981 Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles New York Yankees Third baseman [22]
1982 Lynn, FredFred Lynn California Angels§ Outfielder [23]
1983 Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker Baltimore Orioles Starting pitcher [24]
1984 Gibson, KirkKirk Gibson Detroit Tigers Outfielder [25]
1985 Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett Kansas City Royals Third baseman [26]
1986 Barrett, MartyMarty Barrett Boston Red Sox Second baseman [27]
1987 Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti Minnesota Twins Third baseman [28]
1988 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics Relief pitcher [29]
1989 Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson Oakland Athletics Outfielder [30]
1990 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher [31]
1991 Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett Minnesota Twins Outfielder [32]
1992 Alomar, RobertoRoberto Alomar Toronto Blue Jays Second baseman [33]
1993 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart (2) Toronto Blue Jays Starting pitcher [34]
Series cancelled due to player's strike [35]
1995 Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser (2) Cleveland Indians Starting pitcher [36]
1996 Williams, BernieBernie Williams New York Yankees Outfielder [37]
1997 Grissom, MarquisMarquis Grissom Cleveland Indians Outfielder [38]
1998 Wells, DavidDavid Wells New York Yankees Starting pitcher [39]
1999 Hernandez, OrlandoOrlando Hernández New York Yankees Starting pitcher [40]
2000 Justice, DavidDavid Justice New York Yankees Outfielder [41]
2001 Pettitte, AndyAndy Pettitte New York Yankees Starting pitcher [42]
2002 Kennedy, AdamAdam Kennedy Anaheim Angels Second baseman [13]
2003 Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera New York Yankees Relief pitcher [43]
2004 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz Boston Red Sox Designated hitter [15]
2005 Konerko, PaulPaul Konerko Chicago White Sox First baseman [44]
2006 Polanco, PlacidoPlácido Polanco Detroit Tigers Second baseman [45]
2007 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett Boston Red Sox Starting pitcher [46]
2008 Garza, MattMatt Garza Tampa Bay Rays Starting pitcher [47]
2009 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia New York Yankees Starting pitcher [48]
2010 Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton Texas Rangers Outfielder [49]
2011 Cruz, NelsonNelson Cruz Texas Rangers Outfielder [50]
2012 Young, DelmonDelmon Young Detroit Tigers Designated hitter [51]
2013 Uehara, KojiKoji Uehara Boston Red Sox Relief pitcher [52]

National League winners

Year Player Team Position Selected statistics Ref
1977 Baker, DustyDusty Baker Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [53]
1978 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers First baseman [10]
1979* Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [54]
1980 Trillo, MannyManny Trillo Philadelphia Phillies Second baseman [55]
1981 Hooton, BurtBurt Hooton Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [56]
1982* Porter, DarrellDarrell Porter St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [57]
1983 Matthews, GaryGary Matthews Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder [58]
1984 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey (2) San Diego Padres First baseman [59]
1985 Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [60]
1986 Scott, MikeMike Scott Houston Astros§ Starting pitcher [61]
1987 Leonard, JeffreyJeffrey Leonard San Francisco Giants§ Outfielder [11]
1988* Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [62]
1989 Clark, WillWill Clark San Francisco Giants First baseman [63]
1990^ Dibble, RobRob Dibble Cincinnati Reds Relief pitcher [64]
1990^ Myers, RandyRandy Myers Cincinnati Reds Relief pitcher [64]
1991 Avery, SteveSteve Avery Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher [17]
1992 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher [18]
1993 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher [65]
Series cancelled due to player's strike [35]
1995 Devereaux, MikeMike Devereaux Atlanta Braves Outfielder [66]
1996 Lopez, JavyJavy López Atlanta Braves Catcher [67]
1997* Hernandez, LivanLiván Hernández Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [68]
1998 Hitchcock, SterlingSterling Hitchcock San Diego Padres Starting pitcher [69]
1999 Perez, EddieEddie Pérez Atlanta Braves Catcher [70]
2000 Hampton, MikeMike Hampton New York Mets Starting pitcher [71]
2001 Counsell, CraigCraig Counsell Arizona Diamondbacks Infielder [72]
2002 Santiago, BenitoBenito Santiago San Francisco Giants Catcher [73]
2003 Rodriguez, IvanIván Rodríguez Florida Marlins Catcher [16]
2004 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals First baseman [12]
2005 Oswalt, RoyRoy Oswalt Houston Astros Starting pitcher [74]
2006 Suppan, JeffJeff Suppan St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [75]
2007 Holliday, MattMatt Holliday Colorado Rockies Outfielder [76]
2008* Hamels, ColeCole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher [77]
2009 Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies First baseman [78]
2010 Ross, CodyCody Ross San Francisco Giants Outfielder [79]
2011* Freese, DavidDavid Freese St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [80]
2012 Scutaro, MarcoMarco Scutaro San Francisco Giants Second baseman [81]
2013 Wacha, MichaelMichael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [82]


  • a The three division leaders, along with the wild card team, are paired based on their win–loss record: the team with the best record (team 1) plays the wild card team (team 4), regardless of their record, while the other two division winners (teams 2 and 3) play each other. From 1995 through 2011, if the wild-card team and team 1 were from the same division, team 1 played team 3, and team 2 played team 4.[2]


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External links

  • Playoff and World Series Stats at Baseball-Reference
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