Only three shortstops have ever won the World Series MVP Award. All three played for American League teams during their run to baseball glory. A shortstop has never won the MVP while playing for a National League champion. Until now.
David Eckstein, the St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and leadoff hitter, struggled out of the gate, going 0-for-11 to begin the Fall Classic. But much in the same way fans had written off his team, no one could have expected the 5-foot-7 righty to hoist the MVP Award at Series end. But that is just the way it happened.
Flashing a shiny .364 average in the Series, Eckstein has now played on two different World Champion teams. He was the shortstop and leadoff hitter (sound familiar?) for the 2002 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Eckstein’s efforts earned him a brand-new yellow Corvette. Not bad for a former walk-on at the University of Florida.
Related web sites:
Cardinals’ Official Website