While the AL MVP conversation is focused almost exclusively on Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., another who is having an impressive season and should be considered for the accolade, is the Venezuelan catcher of the Kansas City Royals, Salvador Pérez, who for a mask you are putting historical numbers and they will surely give you several votes in your favor in the race for the Most Valuable.
Against the Oakland Athletics, Pérez hit his two-run homer to reach 45 on the season and with it, took the lead of the entire MLB in that category and in RBIs with 112, thus tying the all-time mark of the legendary Johnny Bench, who he hit the same number of homers in the 1970 season for the Cincinnati Reds, the most for a catcher in a season of all time.
And not only that, but he also becomes the Venezuelan with the most homers connected in a season in the American League, surpassing the 44 that his compatriot Miguel Cabrera hit in the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. Now, he only has to surpass the Creoles Andrés Galarraga, who hit 47 in 1996 and Eugenio Suárez’s 49 in 2019, both in the National League.
Salvador Pérez has hit 30 home runs playing as a catcher this season, while the other 15 he has done from the designated hitter position, playing 33 as DH and 115 behind the plate in 2021.