2009 World Series
The 2009 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s 2009 season. The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2, winning their 27th World Series championship. This was the first World Series regularly scheduled to be played into the month of November, ending on November 4. Hideki Matsui was the series’ MVP despite starting only the three games that were played at Yankee Stadium.
About 2009 World Series in brief
The 2009 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s 2009 season. The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2, winning their 27th World Series championship. The series was played between October 28 and November 4, broadcast on Fox, and watched by an average of roughly 19 million viewers. This was the first World Series regularly scheduled to be played into the month of November, ending on November 4. Hideki Matsui was the series’ MVP despite starting only the three games that were played at Yankee Stadium, since the designated hitter position is not used in NL ballparks. Several records were tied, extended, or broken during this World Series, including team championships, career postseason wins, and home runs in a World Series game. The Yankees became the first team since the 2001 Yankees to lose the World Series after winning it the previous year. The Phillies reached the World series by defeating the Colorado Rockies in the best-of-five National League Division Series, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series. During the regular season, the Phillies led the National League East for most runs batted in, taking first place for the year on May 30. New York led the American League East in the first two months of the season, which led the New York Post to call him an “early MVP candidate”. He was placed on the disabled list in mid-June with a groin injury, and though he returned he did not bat above 260 for any other month that month.
In July 2009, Phillies scouts evaluated pitcher Pedro Martínez in two simulated games against the Phillies DSL team, leading to a one-year, USD 1-million contract. Cliff Lee won seven of his 12 regular season starts for Philadelphia in 2009, and outfielder Ben Francisco made his debut this season. He was traded at the trade deadline to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Cliff Lee and four minor league players for $1.5 million. In May 2009, the Yankees signed free agent pitcher Chan Ho Park. Park was originally signed as a backup option for the bullpen, as reliever J. C. Romero was assigned a 50-game suspension after violating the Major League baseball drug policy, but Park won the fifth starter’s job in Spring Training. He played in Game 6 of the series, which the Yankees won, making him the first Japanese-born player and the first full-time designated hitter to win the award. He is also the only player to have won the award for both the NL and the AL in the same season, as well as for both leagues in 2008 and 2009. The Series was a rematch of the 1950 World Series. This is the latest World Series played to date, as a result of this is the earliest World Series that has been played. It was also the eighth straight year that home field advantage for the Series went to the AL for the 8th straight year as aresult of its 4–3 win in the All-Star Game. It is the first time that the AL won the AL East to earn their berth, posting the best record.