By: TaRon Richardson
Salvador Perez of the Royals was named MVP with a .364 batting average in the series. This is the second consecutive season that the Royals have been to the world series, losing last year to the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in a game 7 lost.
Before the back-to-back world series appearances the Royals last time winning or playing in a world series was in 1985, which was the team’s first. The team had just upsetted the Toronto Blue Jays, a slugging team who was deep in depth.
The New York Mets, who last won the World Series in 1986 — their second championship — was looking to get their third championship rings.
This season the Mets were not in the spotlight until a trade in which they acquired now free agent Yoenis Cespedes. They were a below .500 team with All Star pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, but they didn’t have any offensive stars or hitters. Cespedes had 17 HR and 44 RBI for the Mets in 57 games. He also had a .287 batting average. But Cespedes wasn’t the biggest name for the Mets going into the World Series. That was Daniel Murphy, who hit an MLB and franchise record home run in six straight playoff games. He had seven home runs in the playoffs all together. But the Kansas City Royals pitching bullpen held Murphy to a .191 batting average after he averaged .323 going into the series.
After the series was won Mets manager Terry Collins was rewarded with a two-year extension to his contract. Many critics and fans criticized Collins after he let Matt Harvey stay in the game and give up 3 hits which eventually gave won the Royals the game.
Royals 1B Eric Hosmer and Manager Ned Yost both stated last year that it would be a “hard and long year,” and “we’ll be back here next year.” Both statements were right, but this year they can say their champions.