If you are a Kansas City Royals fan, then you know we have one of the best catchers in the Major Leagues.  He is a Gold Glover, a multi-time All-Star, and led the majors in home runs last year with 48.  That ties the team record with Jorge Soler.  And he was a member of the World Series winning team in 2015.

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The Royals' all-star catcher, Salvador Perez, has won this year’s Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Phi Delta Theta international fraternity presents the award annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who was a member of the Fraternity’s Columbia University chapter.

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The award was first presented in 1955 and is permanently maintained at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.  Perez is the second member of the Royals to win the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.  Hall of Famer George Brett won the award in 1986.  You can read more about this story HERE.

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2021 was an amazing season for Perez.  He played a career-high 161 games in 2021, including a major league-best 120 starts at catcher and matched Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ 1973 mark for most games by a primary catcher. He won the Royals Player of the Year Award for the second straight season and was named All-MLB First Team Catcher for a second consecutive year. Perez earned his fourth career Silver Slugger Award, breaking the franchise record of three held by Hall of Famer George Brett.

Congratulations to Salvador.  No one deserves this award more than him.

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