(Reuters) – Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series on Wednesday after helping his team capture their maiden Major League Baseball championship.
Strasburg earned wins in each of his two World Series starts versus the Houston Astros during which he gave up a combined four runs over 14-1/3 innings. He won five of his six appearances in the postseason and did not suffer a defeat.
The World Series title and MVP award tasted all the sweeter to the 31-year-old right-hander after the injury troubles he has endured over the years.
“Through all the adversity I think I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Strasburg told reporters. “When you have the ups and downs, I think you can learn just as much from the downs as you can the ups.
“And I think everything happens for a reason. I think I’ve really just become a stronger pitcher through all the adversity that I’ve had to go through.”
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