Venezuelans salute Sandoval as World Series MVP

Jeff Chiu/APPablo Sandoval has fans across the globe celebrating him as the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP award.

Venezuelan fans are celebrating the selection of Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval as the first Venezuelan to win the World Series Most Valuable Player award.

Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval’s performance great in the series that ended Sunday with the Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games. Aparicio also referred to the possibility of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera winning American League MVP, saying: “We should have two MVPs this year… don’t you think?”

Others congratulating Sandoval or the many Venezuelan players in the series included ex-major league pitcher Wilson Alvarez and golfer Jhonattan Vegas.

A record nine Venezuelans were on the rosters for the World Series.

Series averages record low TV rating: The Giants’ sweep of the Detroit Tigers set a record low for the World Series’ television ratings. The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers series, which each went five games.

Tigers face overhaul: After a terrible performance in the World Series, the Detroit Tigers could be in for a makeover. Closer Jose Valverde, who imploded during the postseason and left idling in the bullpen, could be looking for a new home while designated hitter Delmon Young is not expected back. After signing prize free agent slugger Prince Fielder last year, the Tigers could be shopping for a quality corner outfielder and general manager Dave Dombrowski is poised to make an even bigger splash by making a pitch for Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton.

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