Madison Bumgarner, leader, All-Star, slugger, master of slutters, and distributor of snot rockets was voted the 2014 Willie Mac Award winner on Friday night. The annual award is voted on by the players and coaches and given to the most inspirational member of the team. Bumgarner is the 35th winner in its history.
From the press release sent by the Giants:
The award was established in 1980, in honor of legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Bumgarner will receive a plaque prior to tonight's game. Engraved on the plaque are the words "Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership" to characterize the qualities both McCovey and Bumgarner exemplify.
The list of past winners:
|1994||(not awarded due to strike)|
|1997||J. T. Snow|
|2004||J. T. Snow|
Jack Clark. Huh.
Congratulations to Madison Bumgarner, who is somehow becoming a veteran at the same age that other pitchers are finishing their first full season. It's hard to express just how lucky we've been to watch him since 2010.