Chevrolet has gifted Washington Nationals pitcher Steven Strasburg with a 2020 Corvette C8 after he was named World Series MVP for his impressive performances in the seven-game series versus the Houston Astros.
This is the 14th year in a row that Chevy has gifted the MLB World Series MVP with a new car as a reward for their accomplishment. Strasburg’s new ride is certainly a bit flashier than some other recent World Series MVPs, however. The winners in 2017 and 2018 received a Chevrolet Silverado, while the 2016 winner, the Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist, won a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary edition.
However, Strasburg won’t receive his car until next year. Chevy says the Torch Red example the talented pitcher posed with on the field following Game 7 is “representative” of the actual car that he’ll receive next year. As regular readers of our site will likely already know, the Corvette C8 won’t officially enter production until early January, with the UAW strike having pushed the vehicle’s official launch date back by a few weeks. That means Strasburg’s actual car likely won’t be built until January or February.
Bowling Green Assembly started its production lines back up last week following the ratification of the UAW’s new GM contract, but GM still has to finish production of the Corvette C7 before it can focus on the new mid-engine model. A Bowling Green Assembly spokesperson said last week the plant will “undergo some launch-related downtime that’s between the weeks of November 18th through December 6th” to retool the plant for the arrival of the new car.