Add it to the mantel: Madison Bumgarner named AP Male Athlete of the Year
After capping off another World Series victory (and earning the Series MVP in the process), Madison Bumgarner has one more accolade to collect: AP Male Athlete of the Year.
Just add it to the list -- earlier this month Bumgarner was also named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. It's just the third time in the last 10 years that the two groups have agreed. The Giants' postseason run, helmed by the arm of Bumgarner, was simply that good.
Not to take anything away from his entire 2014 season -- MadBum posted 219 strikeouts in just over 217 innings and boasted a sub-3.00 ERA for the year -- but it's his 52 2/3 innings pitched in October that left Bumgarner's mantle crowded.
AP's testament to Bumgarner's dominance:
It was a good year for MLB across the board: Clayon Kershaw placed second behind Bumgarner in AP's polling, and Derek Jeter tied for third.
Bumgarner joins fellow hurler Mo'ne Davis, who won AP Female Athlete of the Year Monday.