The unlikely 2010 World Series MVP
Edgar Renteria entered the 2010 World Series as a player that has had quite a successful career. The 35 year old shortstop from Colombia was already a World Series Champion, 5 time All-Star selection, 3 time Silver Slugger award winner, and a 2 time Gold Glove shortstop. Renteria also holds the distinction of being the only Major League player to record the last at-bat in two different World Series. In 1997 with his walk off base hit of Game 7 vs. the Indians to score Craig Counsell, and in 2004 with a weakly hit come backer to Keith Foulke in the final out of the 2004 Series vs. the Red Sox.
The 2010 season for Renteria was certainly tumultuous. After a hot hitting April, Renteria was on and off of the disabled list for a Giants team that really relied on the thirteen year Major League veteran. The team was 42-30 in games that Renteria played in during the 2010 regular season. Now Edgar holds the claim to fame of hitting the game winning homerun in yet another deciding World Series game with his 7th inning three run homerun off of the masterful Cliff Lee and winning the 2010 World Series MVP award.
What makes what Renteria achieved last night so special is that he battled injuries all season, he is reaching the latter end of his accomplished career, and he played a monumental role in bringing the San Francisco Giants their first ever World Series championship in the city by the Bay. With a $10.5 million dollar team option for the 2011 season, it is tough to say right now whether or not Renteria returns to the Giants next season. Although the market for shortstops is relatively weak, that is a high price tag for a position player who has journeyed through six different teams during his career. Wherever Renteria plays the 2011 season and the rest of his career, he has made his mark on the game of baseball in three different World Series. It also doesn't hurt that he is 153rd on the all-time hits list. Not bad for a kid that signed for $16,000 all the way back in 1992.