Babe Ruth Award

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This article is about the postseason performance award. For the home run award, see Babe Ruth Home Run 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
Awarded for Most Valuable Player of the Major League Baseball postseason
Presented by New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America
First awarded 1949
Currently held by David Ortiz, 2013 Boston Red Sox

The Babe Ruth Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player with the best performance in the postseason. The award, created by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) 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 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 precedes the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, which was not created until 1955, the Babe Ruth Award is considered less prestigious, as it is not sanctioned by MLB and is awarded several weeks after the World Series.[2][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 Boston Red Sox, who won in 2013. David Ortiz, the most recent recipient of the Babe Ruth Award, also won the World Series MVP award that season.[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]

Key[edit]

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

Winners[edit]

A black-and-white picture of Sandy Koufax smiling in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, a two-time winner
A side-view of Reggie Jackson wearing sunglasses.
Reggie Jackson won the award in 1977.
Orel Hershiser, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the middle of his pitching delivery
Orel Hershiser won the award in 1988.
Derek Jeter and Dave Winfield standing together in a dugout.
Derek Jeter (left) won the award in 2000, while Dave Winfield (right) won the award in 1992.
Paul Molitor in a Twins uniform, holding his cap.
Paul Molitor won the award in 1993.
Tom Glavine, with the Atlanta Braves, in the middle of his pitching delivery
Tom Glavine won the award in 1995
Cole Hamels standing on a pitchers mound, preparing to throw a pitch.
Cole Hamels won the award in 2008.
Tim Lincecum won the award in 2010.
Year Player Team Position Selected statistics[Note 1] Ref
1949 Page, JoeJoe Page New York Yankees Pitcher [12][13]
1950 Coleman, JerryJerry Coleman New York Yankees Second baseman [10][14]
1951 Rizzuto, PhilPhil Rizzutodagger New York Yankees Shortstop [15][16]
1952 Mize, JohnnyJohnny Mizedagger New York Yankees First baseman [10][17]
1953 Martin, BillyBilly Martin New York Yankees Second baseman [18][19]
1954 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes New York Giants Outfielder [20][21]
1955 Podres, JohnnyJohnny Podres Brooklyn Dodgers Pitcher [22][23]
1956 Larsen, DonDon Larsen New York Yankees Pitcher [10][25]
1957 Burdette, LewLew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Pitcher [26][27]
1958* Howard, ElstonElston Howard New York Yankees Catcher [28][29]
1959 Sherry, LarryLarry Sherry Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [30][31]
1960* Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroskidagger Pittsburgh Pirates Second baseman [32][33]
1961 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Forddagger New York Yankees Pitcher [34][35]
1962 Terry, RalphRalph Terry New York Yankees Pitcher [10][36]
1963 Koufax, SandySandy Koufaxdagger Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [37][38]
1964 Gibson, BobBob Gibsondagger St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher [10][39]
1965 Koufax, SandySandy Koufaxdagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [40][41]
1966 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Outfielder [42][43]
1967* Brock, LouLou Brockdagger St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder [44][45]
1968 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Pitcher [10][46]
1969* Weis, AlAl Weis New York Mets Second baseman [47][48]
1970 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [49][50]
1971 Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clementedagger Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [51][52]
1972 Tenace, GeneGene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [53][54]
1973* Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris Oakland Athletics Shortstop [55][56]
1974* Green, DickDick Green Oakland Athletics Second baseman [8][58][59]
1975* Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant Boston Red Sox§ Pitcher [60][61]
1976 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Benchdagger Cincinnati Reds Catcher [62][63]
1977 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger New York Yankees Outfielder [64][65]
1978 Dent, BuckyBucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [66][67]
1979 Stargell, WillieWillie Stargelldagger Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [68][69]
1980* McGraw, TugTug McGraw Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher [70][71]
1981 Cey, RonRon Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [72][73]
1982* Sutter, BruceBruce Sutterdagger St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher [74][75]
1983 Dempsey, RickRick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [10][76]
1984* Morris, JackJack Morris Detroit Tigers Pitcher [10][77]
1985 Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Pitcher [10][78]
1986 Knight, RayRay Knight New York Mets Third baseman [10][79]
1987 Viola, FrankFrank Viola Minnesota Twins Pitcher [10][80]
1988 Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [10][81]
1989 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart Oakland Athletics Pitcher [10][82]
1990* Hatcher, BillyBilly Hatcher Cincinnati Reds Outfielder [83][84]
1991 Morris, JackJack Morris (2) Minnesota Twins Pitcher [10][85]
1992* Winfield, DaveDave Winfielddagger Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder [10][86]
1993 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitordagger Toronto Blue Jays Designated hitter [10][87]
1994 Series cancelled due to the players' strike [10][88]
1995 Glavine, TomTom Glavinedagger Atlanta Braves Pitcher [10][89]
1996* Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder New York Yankees Designated hitter [90][91]
1997* Alou, MoisésMoisés Alou Florida Marlins Outfielder [10][92]
1998 Brosius, ScottScott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [93][94]
1999 Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera New York Yankees Pitcher [10][95]
2000 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeterdouble-dagger New York Yankees Shortstop [96][97]
2001^ Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [10][98]
2001^ Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [10][98]
2002 Glaus, TroyTroy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [99][100]
2003 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckettdouble-dagger Florida Marlins Pitcher [101][102]
2004* Foulke, KeithKeith Foulke Boston Red Sox Pitcher [103][104]
2005 Dye, JermaineJermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [10][105]
2006 Eckstein, DavidDavid Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [10][106]
Award changed to cover performance in full post-season
2007* Papelbon, JonathanJonathan Papelbondouble-dagger Boston Red Sox Pitcher [107][108]
2008 Hamels, ColeCole Hamelsdouble-dagger Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher [109][110]
2009* Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguezdouble-dagger New York Yankees Third baseman [2][111]
2010* Lincecum, TimTim Lincecumdouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Pitcher [112][113]
2011 Freese, DavidDavid Freesedouble-dagger St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [114][115]
2012 Sandoval, PabloPablo Sandovaldouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Third baseman [116][117]
2013 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortizdouble-dagger Boston Red Sox First baseman / Designated hitter [6][118]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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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