10Winner: David Price
While Kershaw’s playoff narrative will stay with him, Price exits the World Series with a championship ring and a hammer to destroy all negative perceptions still held against him.
He showed signs of a turnaround in a game-clinching Game 5 win against the Houston Astros in the ALCS. He brought that same stuff in Game 2 of the World Series, then dropped the hammer on Los Angeles with a sensational Game 5 start to win the World Series.
Once one of the least popular players in Boston, Price will now be beloved by the city for years to come and may have a chance to help this team repeat next season.