World Series Star George Springer is Connecticut-Born and Connecticut-RaisedNovember 2, 2017
The Houston Astros outfielder, just named 2017 World Series MVP, was born in New Britain, went to high school in Avon, and played baseball at UConn.
George Springer, the 28-year-old outfielder of the Houston Astros, was named World Series MVP on Thursday, after leading the Astros to their first championship with a .379 (11-for-29) average in seven games, with five home runs and seven RBIs.
— Houston Astros (@astros) November 2, 2017
Springer made history in several categories, as reported by ESPN:
George Springer had a series:
• 8 extra-base hits (most in a WS)
• 5 HRs (ties WS record)
• 29 total bases (most in any postseason series) pic.twitter.com/HXwhAs73rn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 2, 2017
But what makes Springer’s story special for native Nutmeggers is that he is Connecticut-born and Connecticut-raised.
Springer was born in New Britain, Connecticut in 1989, according to his bio on Baseball Reference. He played baseball at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut, graduating in 2008.
Springer committed to the UConn Huskies, where he played baseball for three seasons (2009, 2010, 2011). Over three years, he had a .346 average in 186 games, with 46 home runs, 196 RBIs, and 76 stolen bases.
To that effect, UConn claimed some bragging rights with Springer’s accolade on Thursday.
George Springer is the 2017 Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player! pic.twitter.com/IhAnPwLQIW
— UConn Baseball (@UConnBaseball) November 2, 2017
In four years with the Astros, Springer has established himself as a young star. Over 482 games, he’s hitting .266 with 99 home runs and 259 RBIs. His average per one full season (162 games) is .266, 33 home runs and 87 RBIs. With numbers like those, the Connecticut native may be a star in baseball for a long time.
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