2015 San Francisco Giants Awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and more
Oct 4, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays fans hold up “MVP” signs for third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) (not pictured) while he is up to bat during the first inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
By now it is well advertised that the 2015 NL MVP for Major League Baseball will be outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. On the other hand, the AL MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Silver Slugger awards are all tight races.
Although the San Francisco Giants did not have the year they may have hoped for, it was not all for not, as some of the players showed tremendous surprise and promise. For instance, who knew Matt Duffy, the kid who was playing in Double AA-Richmond just a season ago, would be competing with the number one prospect in Major League Baseball, Kris Bryant, for the Rookie of the Year award?
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Not only did 2015 hold some surprises, but guys like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey continued to show their dominance throughout another 162 games. Once again, Posey and Bumgarner proved to be, arguably, the best pitcher-catcher tandem in the game.
We, the fans, were even able to witness some baseball history, including Chris Heston’s no-hitter on June 10th against the New York Mets. Along with miraculous moments, Tim Lincecum moved into second place all-time in strikeouts in the San Francisco-era with 1,704, Buster Posey hit his 100th career home run, and Duffy became the first rookie to ever win the Willie McCovey Award in its 35 year-history.
Unfortunately, Giants fans were also forced to say farewell to some our their beloved heroes, like Tim Hudson and Jeremy Affeldt. The off-season will play itself out, but many tenured Giants, particularly Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, among others, very likely will be waving goodbye to San Francisco as well.
Oppositions may claim that this season was a bust because San Francisco missed the playoffs, but the above accolades and accomplishments prove otherwise.
Lets take a look at who earned themselves the 2015 San Francisco Giants Award winners.
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