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Babe Ruth Award
Babe Ruth Award
The Babe Ruth Award given to Elston Howard for his performance in the 1958 World Series
The 1958 Babe Ruth Award, won by Elston Howard
Given forMost Valuable Player of the Major League Baseball postseason
Presented byNew York City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America
History
First award1949
Most recentJuan Soto, Stephen Strasburg
(Washington Nationals)

The Babe Ruth Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player with the best performance in the postseason. The award, created in honor of Babe Ruth, was first awarded in 1949 to the MVP of the World Series, one year after Ruth's death. The award was created by the New York City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). It continued to be awarded exclusively for performances in the World Series until 2007, when the New York chapter of the BBWAA changed the award to cover the entire postseason.[1][2] Though it is older than the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, which was not created until 1955 (as the "SPORT Magazine Award"), the Babe Ruth Award is considered less prestigious, because it is not sanctioned by MLB and is awarded several weeks after the World Series.[3][4]

MLB expanded its postseason to include the League Championship Series (LCS) in 1969, the League Division Series (LDS) in 1995, and the Wild Card round in 2012. The Wild Card round is a one-game playoff, the LDS follows a best-of-five playoff format, and the LCS and World Series follow a best-of-seven playoff format.[4][5] The most recent World Series champions are the Washington Nationals, who won the 2019 World Series. Juan Soto and Stephen Strasburg were named co-winners of the Babe Ruth Award.[6]

Ruth was a noted slugger who batted .326 with 15 home runs and three wins in three games started as a pitcher during World Series play.[7] However, the Babe Ruth Award does not only go to sluggers or pitchers. Dick Green won the award for the 1974 World Series, in which he batted 0-for-13, but helped the Oakland Athletics win the series with his defense.[8][9]

Joe Page of the New York Yankees was the first winner of the Babe Ruth Award, and Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox was the first winner since the award criteria changed to cover the entire postseason. In all, members of the Yankees have won the award sixteen times. Luis Tiant is the only winner of the Babe Ruth Award to play for the World Series-losing team. Two players, Sandy Koufax and Jack Morris, have won the award twice.[10]

Winners

Key to table

Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
Player (X) Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same year
* Indicates year where player did not win the World Series Most Valuable Player Award (1955-present)[11]
dagger Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
double-dagger Denotes player who is still active
§ Indicates losing team in the series

Table of winners

Year Player Team Position Selected statistics[Note 1] Ref
1949 Joe Page New York Yankees Pitcher [12][13]
1950 Jerry Coleman New York Yankees Second baseman [10][14]
1951 Phil Rizzutodagger New York Yankees Shortstop [15][16]
1952 Johnny Mizedagger New York Yankees First baseman [10][17]
1953 Billy Martin New York Yankees Second baseman [18][19]
1954 Dusty Rhodes New York Giants Outfielder [20][21]
1955 Johnny Podres Brooklyn Dodgers Pitcher [22][23]
1956 Don Larsen New York Yankees Pitcher [10][25]
1957 Lew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Pitcher [26][27]
1958* Elston Howard New York Yankees Catcher [28][29]
1959 Larry Sherry Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [30][31]
1960* Bill Mazeroskidagger Pittsburgh Pirates Second baseman [32][33]
1961 Whitey Forddagger New York Yankees Pitcher [34][35]
1962 Ralph Terry New York Yankees Pitcher [10][36]
1963 Sandy Koufaxdagger Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [37][38]
1964 Bob Gibsondagger St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher [10][39]
1965 Sandy Koufaxdagger(2) Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [40][41]
1966 Frank Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Outfielder [42][43]
1967* Lou Brockdagger St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder [44][45]
1968 Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Pitcher [10][46]
1969* Al Weis New York Mets Second baseman [47][48]
1970 Brooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [49][50]
1971 Roberto Clementedagger Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [51][52]
1972 Gene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [53][54]
1973* Bert Campaneris Oakland Athletics Shortstop [55][56]
1974* Dick Green Oakland Athletics Second baseman [8][58][59]
1975* Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox§ Pitcher [60][61]
1976 Johnny Benchdagger Cincinnati Reds Catcher [62][63]
1977 Reggie Jacksondagger New York Yankees Outfielder [64][65]
1978 Bucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [66][67]
1979 Willie Stargelldagger Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [68][69]
1980* Tug McGraw Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher [70][71]
1981 Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [72][73]
1982* Bruce Sutterdagger St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher [74][75]
1983 Rick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [10][76]
1984* Jack Morrisdagger Detroit Tigers Pitcher [10][77]
1985 Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Pitcher [10][78]
1986 Ray Knight New York Mets Third baseman [10][79]
1987 Frank Viola Minnesota Twins Pitcher [10][80]
1988 Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [10][81]
1989 Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics Pitcher [10][82]
1990* Billy Hatcher Cincinnati Reds Outfielder [83][84]
1991 Jack Morrisdagger(2) Minnesota Twins Pitcher [10][85]
1992* Dave Winfielddagger Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder [10][86]
1993 Paul Molitordagger Toronto Blue Jays Designated hitter [10][87]
1994 Series cancelled due to the players' strike [10][88]
1995 Tom Glavinedagger Atlanta Braves Pitcher [10][89]
1996* Cecil Fielder New York Yankees Designated hitter [90][91]
1997* Moisés Alou Florida Marlins Outfielder [10][92]
1998 Scott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [93][94]
1999 Mariano Riveradagger New York Yankees Pitcher [10][95]
2000 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Shortstop [96][97]
2001^ Randy Johnsondagger Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [10][98]
2001^ Curt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [10][98]
2002 Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [99][100]
2003 Josh Beckett Florida Marlins Pitcher [101][102]
2004* Keith Foulke Boston Red Sox Pitcher [103][104]
2005 Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [10][105]
2006 David Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [10][106]
Award changed to cover performance in full post-season
2007* Jonathan Papelbon Boston Red Sox Pitcher [107][108]
2008 Cole Hamelsdouble-dagger Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher [109][110]
2009* Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees Third baseman [2][111]
2010* Tim Lincecumdouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Pitcher [112][113]
2011 David Freesedouble-dagger St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [114][115]
2012 Pablo Sandovaldouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Third baseman [116][117]
2013 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox First baseman / Designated hitter [118][119]
2014 Madison Bumgarnerdouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Pitcher [120][121]
2015* Wade Davisdouble-dagger Kansas City Royals Pitcher [122][123]
2016* Jon Lesterdouble-dagger Chicago Cubs Pitcher [124][125]
2017^ Jose Altuvedouble-dagger Houston Astros Second baseman [126]
2017^ Justin Verlanderdouble-dagger Houston Astros Pitcher [126]
2018* David Pricedouble-dagger Boston Red Sox Pitcher
  • 3-1 record in 6 appearances
  • 23 strikeouts, 10 earned runs allowed over 26 innings pitched
  • Winning pitcher of Games 2 & 5 in the World Series
[127]
2019^ Juan Sotodouble-dagger Washington Nationals Outfielder
  • .277 batting average
  • 5 home runs
  • 14 runs batted in
[6]
2019^ Stephen Strasburgdouble-dagger Washington Nationals Pitcher
  • 5-0 record
  • 1.98 ERA
  • 47 strikeouts
[6]

Image gallery

See also

Notes

  1. ^ For 1949-2006, statistics are for the World Series only. As the award was changed in 2007 to encompass the entire postseason, statistics from 2007 through the present represent the entire postseason.

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