The Atlanta Braves won the World Series for the first time since 1995 on Tuesday night, thanks to the play of this one individual.
The Atlanta Braves overcame the demons of blowing a 3-1 NLCS lead to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and can now call themselves World Series champions one year later. There was no blown series lead, as the Braves closed out the Houston Astros in Game 6 by the score of 7-0 to win the Commissioner’s Trophy for the first time since 1995.
There were plenty of players on Atlanta who stepped up to make their dream a reality, but it was this individual in particular who played at an MVP-level.
World Series MVP 2021
Outfielder Jorge Soler was named the World Series MVP on Tuesday night. He is now the second Cuban-born player to win the award, joining Livan Hernandez who did so with the Marlins back in 1997.
Soler was one of Atlanta’s many trade deadline acquisitions, and it paid huge dividends for them. He was the star of the entire World Series.
The former Chicago Cubs and Royals outfielder started off the World Series with a bang by hitting a leadoff homer at Minute Maid Park in Game 1, making him the only player to do so in the Fall Classic’s history. He then hit a go-ahead home run to give the Braves the Game 4 win. Then on Tuesday night, he gave Atlanta a three-run cushion in the top of the third inning with a monstrous home run to left field.
Soler can now show off his World Series MVP award when he hits free agency this winter.