Former UMaine shortshop Jeremy Peña 1st rookie hitter to win World Series MVP

Jeremy Peña’s first home run captured during live TV interview with his parents in the stands...
Jeremy Peña’s first home run captured during live TV interview with his parents in the stands (File)(WABI/MLB/Apple TV)
Updated: Nov. 6, 2022 at 1:20 AM EDT
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HOUSTON, TX (AP) - Jeremy Peña became the first rookie position player to win a World Series MVP after hitting .400 in the Houston Astros’ six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 25-year-old shortstop singled to chase Zack Wheeler in Game 6, giving the Astros two baserunners for the first time in the game.

The legend builds for former Black Bear shortstop, Jeremy Peña. And he's just getting started. Congratulations, champ! -World Series MVP -ALCS MVP -Gold Glove Award Winner Details: http://bit.ly/3zLflfq

Posted by Maine Black Bears on Sunday, November 6, 2022

Yordan Alvarez followed with a go-ahead, three-run homer that sent the Astros to a 4-1 victory.

Peña also won a Gold Glove Award and AL Championship Series MVP. He’s the first hitter to win those three awards in a career, and he did it all in his rookie season, per OptaSTATS.

Peña was a star at the University of Maine, where he played three seasons for the Black Bears, starting every game of his career.

In his junior season in 2018, Pena led the Black Bears in triples and runs scored and was named to the America East Second Team.

He was then drafted by the Astros in the third round of the June 2019 draft with the 102nd overall pick.