Four former Chicago Cubs players won the 2021 World Series when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros in Game 6 on Tuesday night.
Outfielders Terrance Gore, Joc Pederson, and Jorge Soler each captured their second championship, while pitcher Jesse Chavez claimed his first. Gore received his first ring with the Kansas City Royals in 2015. For Pederson, it is his second straight title after winning with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. Soler was a member of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series title team.
The Cubs signed Pederson in February only to trade him to the Braves in July for minor league prospect Bryce Ball. Pederson hit two pinch-hit home runs in the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. He added a two-run homer in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers to help aid the Braves’ comeback win. The best part? He did it all with Anthony Rizzo’s bat.
Soler, who signed with the Cubs out of Cuba in 2012, was traded to the Royals in 2016 then landed in Atlanta this July. He hit three homers in the Fall Classic to earn World Series MVP honors. He hit a leadoff blast in Game 1; a pinch-hit, go-ahead shot in Game 4; and a three-run homer in Game 6.
Chavez, who had a 1.15 ERA in 32 games with the Cubs in 2018, signed with the Braves in April. He allowed no runs on two hits in two innings of work across Games 2 (1/3 inning) and 5 (1 2/3 innings) in the World Series.
Gore, who hit .200 in 14 games for the Cubs in 2018, joined Atlanta in February. He played for Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate then joined the Braves in the postseason, but did not play.
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