World Series MVP: 2022 Betting Odds and History

World Series MVP betting odds will be available once the MLB Playoffs get underway this fall.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2022 9:02 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The World Series is baseball's biggest stage, where the best players shine. The means betting on which player will be crowned the World Series MVP when the dust settles.

World Series 2022 MVP odds

Once the playoffs begin, sportsbooks will begin offering odds on players on playoff teams. In the meantime, check out our 2022 World Series odds and odds for the regular season AL and NL MVPs and Cy Young Award odds.

How is the World Series MVP decided?

The Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Award is decided by a committee of media members and officials who are in attendance at the final game.

The honor is awarded to the player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance during the World Series — performance during earlier postseason rounds does not count toward this award.

The World Series MVP can be given to a player from either the winning or losing team, although a player from the losing team winning the award has only happened once (Bobby Richardson, NYY, 1960).

How to read World Series MVP odds

The World Series MVP odds are displayed in a list format with corresponding odds for each player considered an MVP candidate. The odds will reflect the implied probability of that player winning MVP.

Most sportsbooks in North America will list World Series MVP odds in American format:

  • Jose Altuve -120
  • Freddie Freeman +187

This means that a $100 bet on Altuve would profit $83 (or a $120 bet would win $100), while a $100 bet on Freeman would profit $187. Use our odds converter to switch American odds to decimal or fractional and to see how much you could win using different odds.

World Series MVP history

The World Series MVP Award has been handed out to the player deemed to have had the greatest impact on his team's performance during the championship series every year starting in 1955. Prior to the 2017 postseason, the award was renamed in honor of Willie Mays in remembrance of the Hall-of-Famer's historic catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. The Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Award trophy is a wooden pedestal topped by a bronze sculpture of Mays making the iconic catch.

Pitchers have won the award 29 times (four times by relief pitchers), including 12 of the first 14 years from 1955 to 1968. More recently, dating back to 2004, the award has been won 14 of the last 17 years by non-pitchers.

Position Total
Pitcher 29
Third baseman 10
Outfielder 10
Catcher 7
Shortstop 6
Designated hitter 3
First baseman 3
Second baseman 1

Betting has only been available on the World Series MVP Award since 2002. The table below lists those winners, in addition to their odds to win before the World Series began.

Year MVP winner MVP odds Position
2020 Corey Seager +800 SS
2019 Stephen Strasburg +1,950 SP
2018 Steve Pearce +5,500 LF/1B
2017 George Springer +2,200 OF
2016 Ben Zobrist +1,500 2B/OF
2015 Salvador Perez +2,500 C
2014 Madison Bumgarner +700 SP
2013 David Ortiz +900 DH/1B
2012 Pablo Sandoval +1,200 3B
2011 Davis Freese +1,000 3B/1B
2010 Edgar Renteria +3,300 SS
2009 Hideki Matsui +800 (field) SP
2008 Cole Hamels +600 SP
2007 Mike Lowell +1,200 3B
2006 David Eckstein +1,500 SS
2005 Jermaine Dye +1,000 RF
2004 Manny Ramirez +500 LF
2003 Josh Beckett +1,200 SP
2002 Troy Glaus +800 3B/1B

Where can I bet on World Series MVP odds?

Once the fall classic begins, most online and casino sportsbooks will offer World Series MVP odds, as well as World Series moneylines, runlines, Over/Under totals, and other World Series prop odds. Head over to our best baseball betting sites for World Series odds in your area.

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