League Championship Most Valuable Player Award

The LCS MVP Award (1977-2019)

The League Championship Most Valuable Player Award was first given by the National League, following the 1977 League Championship Series (LCS). The American League followed suit in 1980. The winner of this series-specific most valuable player honor is selected by a committee of writers and executives in attendance at each respective Series, then announced at the conclusion of the League Championship Series.

League Championship Most Valuable Award History

The League Championship Series is the official name for the semifinal round of postseason play in Major League Baseball which has been conducted since 1969.

In 1981, and since 1995, the two annual series have matched up the winners of the Division Series, and the winners advance to meet in the World Series.

The player deemed "most valuable" in each respective LCS is awarded this prestigious honor by Major League Baseball.

The receipients of the League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award appear below in chronological order, divided into two areas, one for the American League Championship Series (ALCS) MVP, and below that one for the National League Championship Series (NLCS) MVP.

"Thank you baseball, thank you Miami, thank you America." - Livan Hernandez (Live In Stadium Broadcast, after winning the 1997 National League Championship Most Valuable Player Award)
A.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award

A.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award

American League Championship Series MVP

Year
Name (Quantity)
Team
Position

1980

2B

1981

3B

1982

OF

1983

P

1984

OF

1985

3B

1986

2B

1987

3B

1988

P

1989

OF

1990

P

1991

OF

1992

2B

1993

P

1994

Strike Season (n/a)

n/a

n/a

1995

P

1996

OF

1997

OF

1998

P

1999

P

2000

OF

2001

P

2002

2B

2003

P

2004

DH

2005

1B

2006

2B

2007

P

2008

P

2009

P

2010

OF
2011
OF
2012
OF
2013
P
2014
OF
2015
SS
2016
P
2017
Houston Astros (3 | 2 in NL)
P
2018
OF
2019
Houston Astros (4 | 2 in NL)
2B

2020

Not Yet Announced (10-2020)

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Year
Name (Quantity)
Team
Position
N.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award

N.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award

National League Championship Series MVP

Year
Name (Quantity)
Team
Position
1977
OF
1978
1B
1979
1B
1980
2B
1981
P
1982
C
1983
OF
1984
1B
1985
SS
1986
P
1987
OF
1988
P
1989
1B
1990
P
P
1991
P
1992
P
1993
P
1994
Strike Season (n/a)
n/a
n/a
1995
OF
1996
C
1997
P
1998
P
1999
C
2000
P
2001
2B
2002
C
2003
C
2004
1B
2005
P
2006
P
2007
OF
2008
P
2009
1B
2010
OF
2011
3B
2012
2B
2013
P
2014
P
2015
IF
2016
IF
P
2017
OF
2018
1B
2019
2B
2020
Not Yet Announced (10-2020)
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Year

Name (Quantity)

Team
Position

LCS MVP Award | Italics = Losing Team | Bold = HOF | Baseball Awards



Did you know that Fred Lynn (1982, ALCS), Mike Scott (1986, NLCS), and Jeffrey Leonard (1987, NLCS) each won a League Championship Series Most Valuable Award while playing on the losing team?

Did you know the only rookies to win LCS MVP Awards are Mike Boddicker (1983, ALCS), Livan Hernandez (1997, NLCS), and Michael Wacha (2013, NLCS)?

Livan Hernandez and Orlando Hernandez were the first set of brothers to win L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Awards. Steve Garvey was the first player to win it twice . Dave Stewart was the first pitcher to win it twice .
1988 was the first season in which a pitcher dominated each Series and won both (American & National League) of the possible LCS MVP Awards. 1990 was the first Series where the LCS MVP Award was split between two players (N.L.).
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