4. The Shining Doesn’t Always Come From The Star
Let’s talk about the 2015 world champions.
Did Salvador Perez cross your mind? I didn’t think so. Not to discredit Perez, but most wouldn’t place him in the same talent category as the players mentioned above, especially with an 87 wRC+, being one of the below-average bats in the lineup.
After winning it all, the Kansas City backstop took home the World Series Most Valuable Player award after slashing .364/.391/.455 in 23 plate appearances in the fall classic, while also collecting four homers and eight RBIs in the entire postseason.
For the losing team in the World Series, the New York Mets, second baseman Daniel Murphy stole the show in the postseason over David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes by slashing .328/.391/.724 with seven home runs and 11 RBIs in 64 plate appearances this postseason.
Giants’ southpaw Madison Bumgarner won WS MVP in 2014. Bumgarner was definitely an ace-like pitcher in 2014, posting a 2.98 ERA (3.05 FIP) over 217 1/3 innings, but he took his game to an absolutely higher level in the postseason, becoming untouchable. Even though he was dominant in that regular season, Bumgarner was not the name that came to mind when you thought of the face of the 2014 Giants until after his ridiculous effort in the playoffs.
2013 WS MVP was David Ortiz. Okay, this one gets a pass.
In 2012, the Giants were carried on the shoulders of Buster Posey, Matt Cain, and Melky Cabrera (until his 50-game suspension hit in August). But in the playoffs, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval took home the NLCS MVP and WS MVP, respectively.
Lastly, for examples, in 2011, the Cardinals’ stars were Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Chris Carpenter, and Lance Berkman. However, when they beat the Rangers in the fall classic, third baseman David Freese took home the MVP hardware.