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2014 Athlete of the Year

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December (and the winner of every month in 2014) is here.


Madison Bumgarner.

Runners-up: Rory McIlroy, Breanna Stewart

The signature sports achievement in 2014 was Madison Bumgarner's October, reaching historic levels in the Giants third World Series victory in 5 years, and near mythic levels in his relief appearance in Game 7.  Bumgarner wasn't baseball's best player in 2014, but in the absence of (in any sport) the best player winning the championship, it's the singular achievement of Bumgarner's October (as was also recognized by SI) that pretty clearly outdistanced the field.

I've been doing a version of this since, well, since about 1980, but it's since January of 1990 that all the records (for each month, with runners up) remain intact.  Here's the list.

1990: Joe Montana
1991: Michael Jordan
1992: Mario Lemieux
1993: Michael Jordan
1994: George Foreman
1995: Hakeem Olajuwon
1996: Michael Jordan
1997: Tiger Woods
1998: Mark McGwire
1999: Tiger Woods
2000: Tiger Woods
2001: Barry Bonds
2002: Barry Bonds
2003: Lance Armstrong
2004: Peyton Manning
2005: Reggie Bush
2006: Roger Federer
2007: Tom Brady
2008: Usain Bolt
2009: Manny Pacquiao
2010: Maya Moore
2011: Aaron Rodgers
2012: LeBron James
2013: LeBron James
2014: Madison Bumgarner

Athlete of the Month, December 2014

November is here.

Steph Curry.  Runners-up: LeVeon Bell, Marcus Mariotta, Odell Beckham

That ends the year - here are the nominees for my 25th Annual Athlete of the Year:

January - Kevin Durant
February - Malcolm Smith
March - Breanna Stewart
April- Meb Keflezigh
May - Troy Tulowitzki
June - Lionel Messi
July -  Novak Djokovic
August - Rory McIlroy
September - Serena Williams
October - Madison Bumgarner
November - Aaron Rodgers
December - Steph Curry

Who will be the Athlete of the Year?


My 2015 MLB HOF Ballot

Here's my 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.  The maximum is 10.

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Randy Johnson
Pedro Martinez
Mike Piazza
Jeff Bagwell
Mike Mussina
Edgar Martinez
Tim Raines
Curt Schilling

Forever Giants: 1925 National League Champion New York Giants(Year 43)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

1924 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The parenthetical is a career Giants WAR total with the eventual goal of a top 100 Giants of all time. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.



1925 84-78
C Frank Snyder .55 (9.25)
1B Bill Terry 2.4 (2.5)
2B High Pockets Kelly 2.95 (20.85)
SS Travis Jackson .75 (6.15)
3B Freddie Lindstrom -.5 (0)
LF Irish Meusel 2.35 (5.9)
CF Billy Southworth -.95 (-1.95)
RF Ross Youngs -1.1 (23.95)
2B Frankie Frisch 3.25 (32.05)
OF Hack Wilson -.65 (.9)
C Hank Gowdy 1.35 (4.4)
3B Heinie Groh -.4 (11.05)
SP Jack Scott 6.05 (8.3)
SP Virgil Barnes 2.05 (4.6)
SP Kent Greenfield 1.65
SP Jack Bentley 2.05 (5.35)
SP Art Nehf 1.3 (13.25)
SP Freddie Fitzsimmons 2.75

RP Wayland Dean .3 (-1.1)

-McGraw missed 30 games with illness, Mathewson died of tuberculosis, the Giants dealt Hack Wilson and had their worst year in a decade.

Forever Giants 
1. Christy Mathewson SP 103.35
2. Roger Connor 1B 56.9
3. Amos Rusie P 52.95
4. Art Fletcher SS 45.3
5. George Davis SS 44.15
6. Mike Tiernan RF 42.1
7. Mickey Welch P 41.55
8. Buck Ewing C 40.9
9. Larry Doyle 2B 37.15
10. George Burns LF 31.1
11. Art Devlin 3B 30.7
12. Joe McGinnity P 29.35
13. Tim Keefe P 29.05 
14. Roger Bresnahan C 26
15. Jeff Tesreau SP 24.4
16. Jouett Meekin P 24.25
17. Hooks Wiltse P 23.95
18 George Van Haltren CF 22.1
19. Chief Meyers C 20.85

Forever Giants: 1924 National League Champion New York Giants(Year 42)

Friday, December 19, 2014

1923 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The parenthetical is a career Giants WAR total with the eventual goal of a top 100 Giants of all time. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.



1924 NL Champions 101-61 (lost in 7 games to Senators)
C Frank Snyder 1.55 (8.7)
1B High Pockets Kelly 5.4 (17.9)
2B Frankie Frisch 7.1 (28.8)
SS Travis Jackson 3.75 (5.4)
3B Heinie Groh 3.8 (11.45)
LF Irish Meusel 1 (3.55)
CF Hack Wilson 1.75 (1.55)
RF Ross Youngs 5.2 (25.05)
OF Billy Southworth -1
C Hank Gowdy 1.7 (3.05)
1B Bill Terry .15 (.1)
OF Jimmy O’Connell .3 (-.3)
2B Freddie Lindstrom .05
SP Virgil Barnes 3.25 (2.55)
SP Jack Bentley 1.75 (3.3)
SP Hugh McQuillan 2.7 (5.35)
SP Art Nehf 2.45 (11.95)
SP Wayland Dean -1.4
RP Rosy Ryan -.35 (3.85)

-Backup outfielder Jimmy O'Connell gets banned for life for suspected collusion with the Phillies; the Giants win their fourth straight pennant, losing in 7 games when a bad bounce allowed the Senators to tie the score in the 8th, they'd win it in the 12th.  

Forever Giants 
1. Christy Mathewson SP 103.35
2. Roger Connor 1B 56.9
3. Amos Rusie P 52.95
4. Art Fletcher SS 45.3
5. George Davis SS 44.15
6. Mike Tiernan RF 42.1
7. Mickey Welch P 41.55
8. Buck Ewing C 40.9
9. Larry Doyle 2B 37.15
10. George Burns LF 31.1
11. Art Devlin 3B 30.7
12. Joe McGinnity P 29.35
13. Tim Keefe P 29.05 
14. Roger Bresnahan C 26
15. Jeff Tesreau SP 24.4
16. Jouett Meekin P 24.25
17. Hooks Wiltse P 23.95
18 George Van Haltren CF 22.1
19. Chief Meyers C 20.85

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