Former Kane County Cougars OF Nelson Cruz was named the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player after hitting six homers and driving in 13 runs in the six games it took his Texas Rangers to eliminate the Detroit Tigers and advance to the World Series.
Cruz’s home run and RBI totals in the ALCS are the most in a single postseason series in MLB history. He also became only the fourth player to hit two extra-inning homers in a single postseason and the first player to hit both in the same series. His walk-off grand slam to end Game 2 was the first one in MLB history. His 12 postseason homers in 2010 and 2011 are a record for most in back-to-back years.
Cruz played 119 games for the Cougars in 2003, during which time he hit .238 with 20 homers, 26 doubles and 85 RBI.