Sports Illustrated has announced Madison Bumgarner as the 2014 Sportsman of the Year, which is awarded to the most outstanding athlete throughout professional sports.
For anyone who watched the 2014 MLB Playoffs, it will come as no surprise to hear the announcement. Bumgarner was named the World Series MVP after defeating the Kansas City Royals en route to the San Francisco Giants capturing their third World Series title in five years. He managed to pitch in an incredible 52 2/3 innings throughout the playoffs while maintaining a 1.03 ERA and striking out 45 batters.
Bumgarner becomes only the 15th baseball player to be selected by Sports Illustrated for Sportsman of the Year in the 60 years after the first award was given out in 1954. The 25 year old joins the ranks of Sandy Koufax, Cal Ripken Jr. and the entire 2004 Boston Red Sox team.
“In the heat of this postseason, Bumgarner struck out 45 batters, threw two shutouts and save a game while posting a 1.03 ERA. Nobody ever did all that before in October. Only two pitchers since 1914 have ever had a month like that even in the regular season,” said Sports Illustrated in its news release.