San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had a postseason for the ages, giving up only six earned runs while pitching a record 52 2/3 innings helping the Giants to their third World Series title in the past five seasons. He is the seventh MLB pitcher to be awarded Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, which honors the athlete, team coach or individual who, by virtue of performance and character on and off the field, transcended the year in sports. (Robert Beck/SI)

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Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey celebrate after the final out in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Bumgarner made his much-anticipated appearance out of the bullpen, throwing five innings on two days’ rest to preserve a one-run lead, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Royals 3-2 in Kansas City. (Jed Jacobsohn/SI)

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