ATLANTA – Puerto Rican outfielder Eddie Rosario was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the National League Championship Series on Saturday, which the Atlanta Braves won in six games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rosario hit a three-run home run off right-hander Walker Buehler in the fourth inning of Game 6 at Truist Park to break a 1-1 tie and guide the Braves to their first World Series appearance since 1999.
Rosario hit .560 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 25 at-bats and with 14 hits tied the record for hits in a playoff series. Venezuelan Marco Scutaro, Dominican Albert Pujols, Japanese Hideki Matsui and American Kevin Youkilis also had 14 hits in a series.
The Atlanta outfielder is the seventh Puerto Rican player to win the MVP in the Major League Championship Series.
Receivers Javy López (Atlanta, 1996), Benito Santiago (San Francisco Giants, 2002) and Iván Rodríguez (Florida Marlins, 2003) and infielder Javy Báez (Chicago Cubs, 2016) also conquered him in the National League.
Second baseman Roberto Alomar (Toronto Blue Jays, 1992) and outfielder Bernie Williams (New York Yankees, 1996) welcomed him to the American League.
A late-July acquisition from the Cleveland Indians, Rosario hit .271 with seven home runs and had a .903 OPS in 33 games for Atlanta in the regular series. In 10 postseason games, he is hitting .474 (38-18) with five extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.
In 16 playoff games in his seven-year career, Rosario is hitting .354 (65-23).