Javier Baez joined Roberto Clemente as the second Puerto Rican born player to homer in Game 7 of a World Series
Javier Baez had a special postseason as the Cubs made the run through the Giants and Dodgers to becoming World Series Champions with the Game 7 victory over the Indians.
Javier Baez shined in the NLDS and NLCS. Baez not only dazzled with his defense, he hit the ball all over and out of the parks. Plus, he stole home in an incredible head’s up play against the Dodgers. Baez earned the NLCS Most Valuable Player Award he shared with Jon Lester.
Baez hit .375/.412/.563 (6-for-17) with a .974 OPS in the four games against the Giants. Baez delivered the game-winner, a solo homer in the eighth inning of a 1-0 win in Game 1, and the game-winner in Game 4, a single that plated Willson Contreras.
Baez batted .318/.333/.500 in the NLCS with a .833 OPS. Baez had four doubles, five RBI and scored three runs in the six games.
Javier Baez was not as locked in against the Indians. Baez went 5-for-30 (.167/.167/.267) with a .433 OPS. Baez had one huge home run in The World Series, in Game 7 leading off the fifth against Corey Kluber.
Javier Baez became the second Puerto Rican born player to hit a home run in Game 7 of World Series play, joining the Legend and Hall of Famer, Roberto Clemente.
Roberto Clemente is considered one of the best players in the history of the game and arguably the best right fielder of All-Time. Clemente hit his home run in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series. The Pirates beat the Orioles in the ’71 Series. The Pirates won the final game of The Series 2-1 on Oct. 17, 1971. Roberto Clemente was the Series MVP.
Baez joined Clemente, Yadier Molina (2006), Carlos Beltran (2004), Javy Lopez (1996), Joey Cora (1995) and Jose Oquendo (1987) on the list of Puerto Rican born players to homer in the deciding game of a World Series.
Javier Baez became the second youngest player in World Series history to homer in Game 7. Only the great Mickey Mantle hit a longball in Game 7 of a World Series at a younger age than Baez. The Mick was 20 years old in the ’52 World Series.
Javier Baez hit .265/.282/.412 with four doubles and two home runs for a .693 OPS this postseason.