The United States Senate could be getting an MVP – literally.
Steve Garvey, who won the National League MVP Award in 1974, is considering a Senate bid for 2024.
Garvey, who spent his 19-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, is meeting with voters and senior GOP officials – he discussed entering politics after retiring, but never followed through.
Republicans are outnumbered 2-to-1 by Democratic voters in the state, and they have struggled for years to find candidates for top elected offices.
First Baseman Steve Garvey, #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, runs the bases during a Major League Baseball game circa 1974 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Garvey played for the Dodgers from 1969-82. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
His candidacy would reorder a growing field that already includes several prominent Democratic members of Congress, including Katie Porter, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee. The seat is held by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has announced she is not seeking another term.
Garvey retired in 1987 after recording 2,599 hits, hitting .294 with a .775 OPS, and earning 10 All-Star nods. He won four Gold Glove Awards, and his name was on the MVP ballot nine times – the 1981 World Series champion was a top-six finisher in the MVP five times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.