The end-of-season baseball awards train keeps rolling. Last night, Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award. Nine players from both the American and National League were selected to receive silver bats based on their explosive play at the plate this year.
Here’s the winners list, along with their stats line:
Yesterday, Major League Baseball began its awards season by handing out a bunch of Golden Gloves. Those are your winners, up there at the top of this post. But here’s the list in case some of those faces don’t look familiar:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series.
Tonight is Game 7 of the World Series, so we’re this close to seeing either the Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy as champions. But Major League Baseball has a lot of end-of-season awards to hand out and they started over the weekend.
The World Series begins tonight in… Kansas City? In one of the more improbably match ups, the Kansas City Royals will meet the San Francisco Giants for the 2014 MLB championship. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Kansas City before the series moves to the Bay for Games 3 and 4.
Part of what makes this World Series so unlikely is that both teams were Wild Cards. The Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates to get to the divisional round, while the Royals squeaked past the Oakland A’s in an extra-innings thriller. Neither team won 90 games in the regular season, but in the postseason they have been dominant.
The Giants swept the Washington Nationals then defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in five games to win the National League pennant. The Royals, meanwhile, have been utterly dominant. They swept the Los Angeles Angels — the team with the best record in baseball this season — and then swept the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League crown. Kansas City is 8-0 this postseason, something no other team has accomplished in major league history.
So what does this mean for the World Series? At the very least, it should be a close one. The Giants are looking for their third championship in five years, while the Royals really want to win their first title since 1985. There will also be plenty of Hunter Pence signs in the crowd and sneak-attack bunts on the field (at least from the bunt-happy Royals). And it should be unpredictable.
But let’s try to predict it anyway! The editors of SI Kids weigh in on who they think will carry off the Commissioner’s Trophy as MLB’s 2014 champions!
Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were three outs away from losing to the Oakland A's in the American League Wild Card Game. Today, they're four wins from a World Series title.
Last night, the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, to complete a sweep of the O's in the American League Championship Series and earn a trip to the World Series. It's the Royals' first trip to the championship round since 1985.