Atlanta Braves’ Joc Pederson Joins Rare MLB Club After Setting This Record

Published 11/04/2021, 10:15 AM EDT
Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson smokes a cigar after defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlanta Braves ended a 26-year World Series drought in stunning fashion this past Tuesday. After producing excellent performances in the Fall Classic, they beat the Houston Astros 7-0 to secure Game 6 and trigger wild scenes of celebration amongst themselves and their fans.

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While they made history as a team, some of their individual players made MLB history themselves. One of them was Joc Pederson, who joined an exclusive club of players following his second World Series victory.

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Joc Pederson makes history with the Atlanta Braves

Since making his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, the 29-year-old established himself as a fine hitter. Last year, Pederson won his maiden World Series with the Dodgers after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in the best-of-seven series.

On February 5, 2021, Pederson moved to the Chicago Cubs in search of more playing time. However, they traded the 29-year-old to the Braves midway through the season in exchange for Bryce Ball, a minor league prospect. Although the Braves lost their hitting star Ronald Acuña Jr. to injury, Pederson filled in as a leadoff hitter extremely well.

Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) hits a two run homerun during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In 64 games with the Braves this season, he scored 20 runs and 22 RBI along with seven home runs. He continued his fine form in the postseason, scoring crucial runs from time to time.

Ultimately, the 29-year-old won his second World Series title after the Braves beat the Astros 4-2 in the best-of-seven series. This victory makes him the ninth player to win consecutive World Series titles with different teams.

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Who was the first player to win consecutive World Series titles with different teams?

The first player to achieve this feat was Allie Clark, who won in 1947 with the Yankees and 1948 with the Cleveland Indians. Before Pederson, Ben Zobrist was the last player to achieve this feat. He did so by winning in 2015 with the Kansas City Royals and in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs.

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Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson celebrates with a cigar after defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2021 season done and dusted, all eyes now shift towards the off-season before the start of MLB action next year. While several trades will take place between now and March 31, 2022, it will no doubt be interesting to see how the Braves fare next season.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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