Baseball season is almost upon us, as spring training ends and the regular season gets into swing this weekend. So (at the risk of confusing our sports metaphors) to kick things off, Ford is introducing the F-150 MVP Edition.

The special model pickup is all about Kansas City, where Ford has built the F-150 since 1957 and which returns to Major League Baseball this season as the defending champions. The last time the local team won the title (1985), the Blue Oval automaker made a special MVP edition Ranger. So at the suggestion of one local fan, Ford set about doing it again with KC celebrating its second world championship. The timing coincides with the announcement that the association of Midwest Ford Dealers renewed its sponsorship deal with the team.

It's based on the XLT trim and comes with the (otherwise) optional chrome package. Buyers in the Kansas City area will be able to choose between either white or blue for the exterior paint, but either way it comes with polished rocker panels, a spray-in bedliner, and (of course) special badging. Given its MVP status, you'd expect it to be packed full of technology and stuff too, but that's more of a Chevy thing (the San Francisco Giants won the title that year, defeating the Royals in seven games). Only 300 F-150 MVPs will be made.

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Ford Introduces Kansas City-Built F-150 MVP Edition

- Limited run of 300 Ford F-150 MVP edition trucks built at Kansas City Assembly Plant
- Suggested by a Ford customer, 2016 Ford F-150 MVP edition follows the 1986 Ford Ranger MVP edition – first time Kansas City celebrated a professional baseball world championship
- Midwest Ford Dealers renewed its sponsorship for the 2016 season with Kansas City Royals

CLAYCOMO, Mo., March 29, 2016 – Ford, America's truck leader, salutes Kansas City's world championship by announcing a limited run of 300 Ford F-150 MVP edition trucks built at Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Based on the F-150 XLT with chrome package and available in either Oxford White or Blue Flame, F-150 MVP edition includes special MVP badging, unique polished stainless rocker panels and a spray-in bedliner.

The 2016 Ford F-150 MVP edition started as an idea from Marc Lassalle, a Kansas City Royals fan, to celebrate his team's second world championship. It follows the 1986 Ford Ranger MVP edition, created and sold in 1985 to celebrate Kansas City's first time as world champions.

"Like our manufacturing team members at Kansas City Assembly Plant, the Kansas City Royals are a great example of what terrific teamwork can accomplish," said Gary Johnson, Ford vice president for North America manufacturing.

F-150 MVP edition customizations are added at Kansas City's unique SubTropolis underground business complex, where Ford applies custom accessories to its vehicles in the energy-efficient cave system.

Ford worked with former Kansas City Royals star Bret Saberhagen, from the 1985 team roster, and Salvador Pérez, from the 2015 Kansas City lineup, to promote the F-150 MVP edition.

Saberhagen will be on hand today to greet Kansas City Assembly Plant employees. Midwest Ford Dealers has also renewed its sponsorship agreement with the Kansas City Royals for 2016.

The F-150 MVP edition is on sale now at Kansas City area Ford dealers.

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