Strasburg, Leonard MVP awards mark special San Diego State honor

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 20:28:45-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego State University is celebrating yet another MVP athlete on one of sports' biggest stages.

Wednesday, former SDSU baseball ace Stephen Strasburg was award the 2019 World Series MVP award after the Washington Nationals won Game 7 against the Houston Astros.

As special an honor as that is, the award also means SDSU has two former players that have been named MVP in their respective sports — in the same season. In June, former Aztec star and then-Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP.

The pair of postseason MVP awards in the same season are a first for the university.

Strasburg pitched in both Game 2 and Game 6 of the series, walking away with a win in each game and becoming the first pitcher to go 5-0 in the postseason. He struck out 47 batters in his appearances and posted a 1.46 ERA.

At SDSU, Strasburg set school records for the most strikeouts in a game (23), in a season (195), and in a college career (375). He also holds the SDSU record for lowest career ERA at 1.59.

Leonard helped defeat the Golden State Warriors earlier this year in six games, racking up a average of 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. The MVP award was his second of his career, the first being when he was on the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

At SDSU, Leonard started his freshman year in 2009 leading the team in both points and rebounds per game, and helping the Aztecs secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.