Legends On Deck

A Look Back At The 2014 MLB Awards

World Series MVP

bumgarnerMadison Bumgarner
W-L: 4-1
ERA: 1.03
SO: 45
WHIP: 0.65
San Francisco Giants

Madison Bumgarner had an amazing season for the Giants that spilled over into the post season. He finished 18-10, with a 2.98 ERA. In the playoffs, all he did was turn it up a notch and was the best pitcher on the mound. Actually the Giants were 6-1 in the games that he pitched in the playoffs; just a dominant performance. Bumgarner recorded 45 strike outs and gave up just six earned runs in 52.2 postseason innings.  He truly earned his MVP award with his performance in the World Series as he was 2-0, one save, 0.43 ERA and 17 strike outs in 21 innings.

 

ALCS MVP

CainLorenzo Cain
BA: .333
HR: 0
RBI: 8
OBP: .388
Kansas City Royals

Lorenzo Cain is the first Royals player to win the ALCS MVP award since George Brett did it in 1985 when the Royals won it all. During the 2014 season, Cain batted .301, with five home runs and 53 RBI’s, but down the stretch he was one of the reasons for the Royals success, which propelled them into the playoffs.  In the postseason, Cain continued to hit and helped lead his team all the way to the World Series, and if not for Madison Bumgarner’s dominant performance in Game 7, the Royals amazing season may have finished with a happy ending.

NLCS MVP

bumgarnerMadison Bumgarner
W-L: 4-1
ERA: 1.03
SO: 45
WHIP: 0.65
San Francisco Giants

What can be said that was not already said, other than Madison Bumgarner was the best pitcher in the post season in the majors. Prior to pitching in the World Series, Bumgarner threw 37 innings, allowing just five runs, striking out 28 batters, won two games, with one being a complete game. Can’t wait to see what he does for an encore in 2015.

Hank Aaron Award – AL

Mike TroutMike Trout
BA: .287
HR: 36
RBI: 111
OBP: .377
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Hank Aaron award is given annually to the MLB top hitter in each league. Mike Trout was picked by the fans and members of the media and even though Jose Abreu had similar numbers, Trout was the overall favorite.  It could be that Trout helped lead his team to first place, but there is no denying that he is one of the great young ball players in the game today. He led the majors with 115 runs, was 3rd with a .561 Slug and led the AL with 111 RBI’s and was 3rd in triples with nine and tied for 3rd with 36 HR’s. Trout is among some of the greats to win this award like Miguel Cabrera, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. He has joined some great company and should do it for many years to come.

Hank Aaron Award – NL

StantonGiancarlo Stanton
BA: .288
HR: 37
RBI: 105
OBP: .395
Miami Marlins

If not for time lost due to getting hit in the face with a pitched ball on September 11th, there is no wonder what his numbers may have looked like. But even in a season cut short, Stanton put up amazing numbers again. He finished tied for second in the majors and led the NL with 37 HR’s, second in the NL with 94 walks and a .395 OBP, and first with a .555 Slug. Stanton is the first Marlins player to win the award and probably won’t be the last, especially if he continues to put up monster numbers.

Relief Man Award – AL

HollandGreg Holland
W-L: 1-3
ERA: 1.44
SV: 46
WHIP: 0.91
Kansas City Royals

What is key for any team to have a successful season, a very good pitching staff with a closer to shut the door on opposing teams. The Royals were able to have their amazing run in 2014 due to just that, and Greg Holland played the role of the closer who shut the door on opposing batters. In 2012, Holland stepped on the mound as a true closer and recorded 16 saves.  But in 2013, he joined the ranks as one of the top closer’s in the game as he saved 47 games for the Royals. In 2014, he continued his dominance as the closer to help the Royals make the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

Relief Man Award – NL

KimbrelCraig Kimbrel
W-L: 0-3
ERA: 1.61
SV: 47
WHIP: 0.91
Atlanta Braves

If not for the award being put on hold for the 2013 season, due to Rolaids being acquired from Johnson & Johnson by Sanofi and not continuing with the sponsorship due to a marketing strategy, Kimbrel may have won the award three seasons in a row. In 2012, he won the award when he saved 42 games. He more than likely would have won it again in 2013, when he led the NL with 50 saves. In the past four seasons, he has amassed 185 saves and doesn’t look to be slowing down as he continues to shut the door on opposing teams.

 

Gold Glove Winners

AL NL
Eric Hosmer 1B Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B DJ LeMahieu 2B
Kyle Seager 3B Nolan Arenado 3B
Salvador Perez C Yadier Molina C
Adam Jones CF Juan Lagares CF
Alex Gordon LF Christian Yelich LF
Dallas Keuchel P Zack Greinke P
Nick Markakis RF Jason Heyward RF
J.J. Hardy SS Andrelton Simmons SS

Silver Slugger Awards

AL NL
Jose Abreu 1B Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jose Altuve 2B Neil Walker 2B
Adrian Beltre 3B Anthony Rendon 3B
Yan Gomes C Buster Posey C
Victor Martinez DH Andrew McCutchen OF
Jose Bautista OF Justin Upton OF
Michael Brantley OF Giancarlo Stanton OF
Mike Trout OF Madison Bumgarner P
Alexei Ramirez SS Ian Desmond SS

(Photos & Stats: Courtesy of ESPN.com)

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