NEW YORK — The final out of the 2014 World Series was made by Salvador Perez. A little over a year later he’s the World Series MVP.
Commissioner Rob Manfred just handed him his MVP trophy in the Royals’ clubhouse and Perez’s teammates broke into chants of “SALVY! SALVY! SALVY!” He’s clearly the leader of this club. The heart and soul, to use a somewhat tired but no doubt accurate phrase. He takes a beating behind the plate, provides the most laughs of anyone in the Royals’ clubhouse and catches more games and innings than anyone in baseball.
And, on the objective merits, he was most deserving here. He was 1-for-5 with an RBI in tonight’s clinching Game 5 and began the 12th-inning rally with a single. In the five-game series, Perez was 8-for-22 (.364) with a walk, two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.