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Former Cub Jorge Soler Powers His Way to 2021 World Series MVP

The former Chicago outfielder hit three home runs in the Fall Classic to lift the Atlanta Braves to their first title since 1995.

Jorge Soler World Series MVP
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Former Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler powered his way to winning the 2021 World Series MVP with the Atlanta Braves.

Soler hit three home runs during the World Series to help the Braves defeat the Houston Astros in six games and win Atlanta’s first title since 1995.

After spending 10 days on the COVID-19 injured list, Soler hit a leadoff homer in Game 1 off Framber Valdez. Soler is the first player in history to hit a homer in his first plate appearance of a World Series. He followed that with a pinch-hit, go-ahead blast against Cristian Javier in the seventh inning of Game 4, leading the Braves to a 3-2 win. Soler put an exclamation point on his Fall Classic performance with a three-run shot against Luis Garcia in the third frame of Game 6.

Soler’s 446-foot homer cleared the left-field wall, the Crawford Boxes and train tracks at Minute Maid Park and flew out of the stadium. It was Soler Power at its finest.

Soler, a member of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series team, joins Livan Hernandez of the 1997 Miami Marlins as the only two Cuban-born players to be World Series MVP. Soler had three homers, six RBIs and a 1.91 OPS in the Fall Classic.

Former Cubs outfielders Terrance Gore and Joc Pederson, and pitcher Jesse Chavez also won a title with the Braves.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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