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Final Thoughts & Awards

November 4, 2014

It seems the San Francisco Giants enjoy even-numbered years. They’ve  captured MLB’s top prize in 2010, 2012 and now, 2014.

There are simply two words that describe the 2014 World Series: Madison Bumgarner.

What the World Series MVP accomplished was incredible! But you already knew that.

Think about this: The life of a big league starter is extremely controlled and organized. Their throwing schedules are planned out, as are how many days of rest they get between starts. It truly defines routine.

A full-time starter pitching on two days rest would be strongly discouraged. But this was game seven of the World Series and the Giants were holding on to a slim lead. Therefore, I applaud Bumgarner and Bruce Bochy for taking “the rules” and tossing them into the dumpster. It paid off beautifully.

Meanwhile, the Royals have nothing to be ashamed about.

They went on an amazing run, captivating fans and creating some exciting drama. They took the eventual champs to seven games and only loss the final match by one run.

Yes, it stings. But they battled and should hold their heads high.

How about some awards?

American League

Best Manager: Ned Yost, Kansas City
Best Pitcher: Felix Hernandez, Seattle
Best Hitter: Mike Trout, LAA

National League

Best Manager: Matt Williams, WSH
Best Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, LAD
Best Hitter: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami

Blue Jays

Best Pitcher: Marcus Stroman
Best Reliever: Brett Cecil
Best Hitter: Jose Bautista

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My “artistic rendition” of Madison Bumgarner pitching in game seven of the World Series.

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LDS Predictions

October 1, 2014

American League

Angels over Royals in four games
Orioles over Tigers in five games

National League

Dodgers over Cardinals in five games
Nationals over Giants in five games

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Mid-Season Awards

July 14, 2014

American League
Best Hitter – Mike Trout, LAA
Best Pitcher – Felix Hernandez, Seattle
Best Manager – Bob Melvin, Oakland

National League
Best Hitter – Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
Best Pitcher – Adam Wainwright, St. Louis
Best Manager – Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee

Blue Jays
Best Hitter – Edwin Encarnacion
Best Starter – Mark Buehrle
Best Reliever – Casey Janssen


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