In the final post season award of the Major League Baseball season is for the Most Valuable Player and in this strange 2020 game shortened season, the award went to two players who have earned the award for the first time.

In the National League, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman started the season on the Covid-19 list.  Freeman didn’t just test positive for the virus, he had a full blown case of the illness that threatened his life.  After returning to the game, Freeman helped his Atlanta Braves team mates make it all the way to the post season and just one game shy of making an appearance in the World Series.  Freeman is now also an MVP Award winner.

Freeman earned 28 of the 30 first place votes from the BBWAA – Baseball Writers Association of America.

Once Freeman was back on the playing field, the left handed hitter had 13 homers with 53 RBIs and a battling average of .341.  He also led the Major Leagues with 23 doubles and 51 runs scored.

In the American League, also helping his team to make it to the post season, Chicago White Sox hitter Jose Abreu has earned MVP honours.  AL leading 76 hits and a slugging percentage of .617.  Abreu had a batting average of .317 with a 22 game hitting streak, and 19 homers.