Madison Bumgarner Named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year

Madison Bumgarner gets to add another award to his already impressive list of accomplishments in his MLB career.

Bumgarner was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for 2014. This is the first time the 25 year-old left-handed pitcher has won the award.

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year title is certainly an impressive feat, and the most elite athletes in the world have won this award.

In addition to winning this award, Bumgarner is already a three-time World Champion, the 2014 World Series MVP, the 2014 NLCS MVP, the 2014 Babe Ruth Award winner, the 2014 Willie Mac Award winner, the 2014 Silver Slugger Award winner for National League pitchers, and a two-time MLB All-Star (2012, 2014).

Bumgarner finished the 2014 regular season with an impressive 2.98 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP with 219 strikeouts in 217.1 innings, and he allowed batters to hit just .240 against him. In the postseason though, he posted even more impressive numbers with a 1.03 ERA and 0.65 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. He allowed batters to hit just .153 off him in the postseason.

He had one of the most dominant postseasons from a pitcher in MLB history. He set a MLB record by posting a ridiculous 0.25 ERA in the World Series (minimum 25 innings).

Bumgarner is just 25 years old, but he is extremely deserving of this prestigious award. Bumgarner led the Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons, and given his age, he will have the opportunity to lead them on many more deep postseason runs in the future.