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MLB's A-listers won 2014 GIBBY trophies -- the ultimate honors of the industry's awards season -- based on votes by broadcasters, reporters, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at and the Society for American Baseball Research.

Check out the winners below to find out which stars and Must C highlights were the best of 2014.

  • Most Valuable Major Leaguer

    Baseball's top overall stars
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    Most Valuable Major Leaguer of the Year

    2014 Clayton Kershaw
    2013 Miguel Cabrera
    2012 Miguel Cabrera
  • 35.0%
    Clayton Kershaw, SP
    21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 K's, 0.86 WHIP; 7.82 ERA, 1.11 WHIP in 2 playoff games

    Kershaw was as dominant as ever in 2014, posting the fourth-lowest ERA (1.77) for any National League left-hander during the live-ball era. The southpaw, whose season highlights include a no-hitter and a 41-inning scoreless streak, also won a Major League-best 21 games to go along with 239 strikeouts.

  • 34.4%
    Madison Bumgarner, SP
    18-10, 2.98 ERA, 219 K's, 1.09 WHIP; 1.03 ERA, 0.65 WHIP in 7 playoff games

    Bumgarner was one of baseball's best performers during 2014, posting stellar stats from April through September and excelling in October. After finishing the regular season with 18 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA, the southpaw recorded a 1.03 ERA across a playoff-record 52 2/3 innings en route to winning the NLCS and World Series MVP Awards.

  • 30.6%
    Mike Trout, OF
    .287 AVG, 36 HR, 111 RBIs, 115 R, 16 SB, .939 OPS; 1 HR, .600 OPS in 3 playoff games

    Trout arguably was as good as ever in 2014, recording career highs with 36 homers and 111 RBIs while tying personal bests in doubles (39) and triples (nine). Still in his age-22 season, the center fielder also became the first American Leaguer since Mickey Mantle (1956-58) to lead the Junior Circuit in runs (115) for a third straight year.

  • Everyday Player of the Year

    Baseball's best at generating runs
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    Everyday Player of the Year

    2014 Mike Trout
    2013 Miguel Cabrera
    2012 Miguel Cabrera
    2011 Matt Kemp
    2010 Josh Hamilton
    2009 Joe Mauer
    2008 Albert Pujols
    2007 Alex Rodriguez
    2006 Derek Jeter
    2005 David Ortiz
    2004 David Ortiz
    2003 Albert Pujols
    2002 Alex Rodriguez
  • 31.5%
    Mike Trout, OF
    .287 AVG, 36 HR, 111 RBIs, 115 R, 16 SB, .939 OPS

    Trout was again terrific in the batter's box, leading the American League in runs (115) and RBIs (111) while setting career highs in the latter stat and home runs (36). And during a season that included his third All-Star Game appearance, the gifted young outfielder also chipped in 16 stolen bases.

  • 22.6%
    Victor Martinez, DH/1B
    .335 AVG, 32 HR, 103 RBIs, 87 R, 3 SB, .974 OPS

    Martinez impressed in 2014, recording 103 RBIs and ranking second in baseball in average (.335), on-base percentage (.409) and slugging percentage (.565). The five-time All-Star provided an impressive power-contact combination, becoming the first player since 2004 with at least 30 homers and fewer than 45 strikeouts in the same season.

  • 13.7%
    Giancarlo Stanton, OF
    .288 AVG, 37 HR, 105 RBIs, 89 R, 13 SB, .950 OPS

    Despite missing much of September due to an injury, Stanton finished 2014 atop the National League leaderboard with 37 homers and 69 extra-base hits, and he was second in the Senior Circuit with 105 RBIs. The 24-year-old also excelled in the rate-stat categories, ranking fourth in baseball in on-base (.395) and slugging percentage (.555).

  • 9.1%
    Jose Altuve, 2B
    .341 AVG, 7 HR, 59 RBIs, 85 R, 56 SB, .830 OPS

    Altuve was a hits machine in 2014, recording 25 more (225) than anyone in the game. In doing so, the second baseman posted baseball's best average (.341) and also led the American League with 56 steals.

  • 6.9%
    Jose Abreu, 1B
    .317 AVG, 36 HR, 107 RBIs, 80 R, 3 SB, .964 OPS

    Abreu was one of baseball's best batters during his first year in the big leagues, ranking second among all players with a .964 OPS. He reached that mark in part by belting 36 long balls -- the sixth-highest rookie total in history -- and posting the game's sixth-best average (.317).

  • 5.1%
    Andrew McCutchen, OF
    .314 AVG, 25 HR, 83 RBIs, 89 R, 18 SB, .952 OPS

    McCutchen was a rate-stat machine in 2014, pacing all players with a .410 on-base percentage. The center fielder did more than just reach base, though, as he posted the National League's second-best slugging percentage (.542) and belted 25 long balls.

  • 4.2%
    Nelson Cruz, OF
    .271 AVG, 40 HR, 108 RBIs, 87 R, 4 SB, .859 OPS

    Cruz powered his way to the top of a key leaderboard during his first season with the Orioles, leading the Majors with 40 home runs. The slugger also finished fourth in baseball with 108 RBIs.

  • 3.4%
    Buster Posey, C
    .311 AVG, 22 HR, 89 RBIs, 72 R, 0 SB, .854 OPS

    Posey was once again the linchpin for the Giants' offense, propelling the team to the postseason for the third time in five years. The catcher hit .311 with 89 RBIs and an .854 OPS, stats that led San Francisco as well as all qualified big league backstops.

  • 2.0%
    Jose Bautista, OF
    .286 AVG, 35 HR, 103 RBIs, 101 R, 6 SB, .928 OPS

    Bautista arguably was one of baseball's most well-rounded stars in 2014, finishing as the lone player with at least 35 long balls and a .400 on-base percentage. Additionally, the Toronto masher tallied triple-digit totals in runs scored (101) and RBIs (103).

  • 1.4%
    Michael Brantley, OF
    .327 AVG, 20 HR, 97 RBIs, 94 R, 23 SB, .890 OPS

    Brantley was a force with the bat and on the bases in 2014. The fourth-toughest hitter to fan (12.1 plate appearances per strikeout), he ranked third in the Majors with a .327 average and finished as one of just two American Leaguers with at least 20 homers and 20 steals.

  • Starting Pitcher Of the Year

    Baseball's best rotation arms
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    Starting Pitcher of the Year

    2014 Clayton Kershaw
    2013 Clayton Kershaw
    2012 R.A. Dickey
    2011 Justin Verlander
    2010 Roy Halladay
    2009 Zack Greinke
    2008 Tim Lincecum
    2007 Josh Beckett
    2006 Chien-Ming Wang
    2005 Chris Carpenter
    2004 Johan Santana
    2003 Mark Prior
  • 42.5%
    Clayton Kershaw
    21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 K's, 0.86 WHIP

    Kershaw was incredible once again in 2014, becoming the first pitcher to win four consecutive MLB ERA crowns after posting a 1.77 mark in 198 1/3 innings. And despite missing more than a month to the disabled list, the left-hander led baseball with 21 victories.

  • 38.2%
    Madison Bumgarner
    18-10, 2.98 ERA, 219 K's, 1.09 WHIP

    Bumgarner was brilliant in 2014, finishing tied for fourth in baseball with 18 wins and posting a sub-3.00 ERA. The hurler also recorded 219 strikeouts, the most for any Giants left-hander in the live-ball era.

  • 7.1%
    Corey Kluber
    18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 K's, 1.09 WHIP

    Kluber was as much about quality as he was quantity in 2014, posting the Majors' seventh-best ERA (2.44) and the fourth-highest innings total (235 2/3). He excelled while pitching for baseball's worst defensive club based on fielding percentage (.981), ranking second in the game with 269 strikeouts.

  • 4.9%
    Felix Hernandez
    15-6, 2.14 ERA, 248 K's, 0.92 WHIP

    Hernandez had a year for the ages in 2014, posting the American League's lowest ERA (2.14) since 2000. Additionally, the right-hander paced the Junior Circuit with a .200 opponents' average and a 0.92 WHIP while fanning more batters (248) than all but three big leaguers.

  • 3.6%
    Adam Wainwright
    20-9, 2.38 ERA, 179 K's, 1.03 WHIP

    Wainwright again excelled in 2014, winning more games (20) than all but two big league hurlers and finishing fifth with a 2.38 ERA. The right-hander also ended the year with three scoreless streaks of at least 20 frames, a trifecta unmatched by anyone in baseball.

  • 2.6%
    Johnny Cueto
    20-9, 2.25 ERA, 242 K's, 0.96 WHIP

    Cueto was an incredible workhorse in 2014, pacing the Majors with a .194 opponents' average and the National League with 243 2/3 innings pitched. The hurler also tied for the Senior Circuit lead with 242 strikeouts while winning 20 games and posting baseball's fourth-best ERA (2.25).

  • 0.8%
    Chris Sale
    12-4, 2.17 ERA, 208 K's, 0.97 WHIP

    Sale was a rate-stat machine in 2014, posting a 2.17 ERA. That mark, the lowest by an American League left-hander since 1978 (min. 162 innings), accompanied the Junior Circuit's best K/9 rate (10.8) and second-lowest WHIP (0.97).

  • 0.3%
    Jon Lester
    16-11, 2.46 ERA, 220 K's, 1.10 WHIP

    Lester posted stellar stats with the Red Sox and A's in 2014, finishing as one of baseball's best left-handers in many statistical categories. Among southpaws, the 16-game winner finished third in ERA (2.46) and strikeouts (220) and fifth in WHIP (1.10) and opponents' average (.236).

  • Rookie Of the Year

    Baseball's top first-year stars
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    Rookie of the Year

    2014 Jose Abreu
    2013 Jose Fernandez
    2012 Mike Trout
    2011 Craig Kimbrel
    2010 Buster Posey
    2009 J.A. Happ
    2008 Evan Longoria
    2007 Troy Tulowitzki
    2006 Francisco Liriano
    2005 Robinson Cano
    2004 David Wright
    2003 Scott Podsednik
  • 70.5%
    Jose Abreu, 1B
    .317 AVG, 36 HR, 107 RBIs, 80 R, 3 SB, .964 OPS

    Abreu compiled one of the best rookie seasons of all time, becoming just the fourth first-year player with 30 homers, 30 doubles and 100 RBIs. And by hitting .317, he finished the year as the lone American Leaguer to rank among the top five in all three Triple Crown categories.

  • 7.6%
    Jacob deGrom, SP
    9-6, 2.69 ERA, 144 K's, 1.14 WHIP

    deGrom dazzled in 2014, finishing with the lowest ERA (2.69) and the second-best WHIP (1.14) among rookie hurlers who pitched at least 140 frames. Much of the right-hander's success came by way of the strikeout, as evidenced by a 9.2 K/9 rate.

  • 5.4%
    Dellin Betances, RP
    5-0, 1.40 ERA, 1 SV, 22 HLD, 135 K's, 0.78 WHIP

    Betances was brilliant as the Yankees' top setup man in 2014, posting a 1.40 ERA and recording exactly half of his outs via the K (270 batters retired, 135 strikeouts). In doing so, he broke Mariano Rivera's franchise mark for whiffs by a reliever.

  • 5.0%
    Yordano Ventura, SP
    14-10, 3.20 ERA, 159 K's, 1.30 WHIP

    The hard-throwing Ventura was one of the most valuable youngsters in 2014, ranking high on several first-year-pitcher leaderboards. The right-hander led all qualified rookies in opponents' average (.240) and innings (183) while posting the 10th-best ERA of any American League pitcher (3.20).

  • 2.9%
    Billy Hamilton, OF
    .250 AVG, 6 HR, 48 RBIs, 72 R, 56 SB, .648 OPS

    Hamilton burst onto the big league scene with his legs and bat, making a contribution in both departments. The speedster swiped 56 bases -- a total not bested by any rookie since 1997 -- led Senior Circuit first-year players in multiple offensive categories and offered outstanding outfield defense.

  • 2.6%
    Collin McHugh, SP
    11-9, 2.73 ERA, 157 K's, 1.02 WHIP

    McHugh impressed during his first campaign spent primarily in the Majors, leading all rookies who tossed at least 150 frames with a 2.73 ERA. Striking out more than a batter per inning, the right-hander also finished seventh in baseball with a .208 opponents' average (min. 25 starts).

  • 2.1%
    Matt Shoemaker, SP
    16-4, 3.04 ERA, 124 K's, 1.07 WHIP

    Arguably the ace of baseball's winningest club once Garrett Richards went down with an injury, Shoemaker led all rookies with 16 victories in just 136 innings of work. The right-hander also finished the regular season with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

  • 1.7%
    Masahiro Tanaka, SP
    13-5, 2.77 ERA, 141 K's, 1.06 WHIP

    Tanaka was terrific when healthy for the Yankees in 2014, tying the franchise mark with 16 straight quality starts. And though much of his rookie season was spent on the sideline, the right-hander owned the American League's lowest ERA (2.10) from Opening Day through the end of June.

  • 1.4%
    Danny Santana, OF
    .319 AVG, 7 HR, 40 RBIs, 70 R, 20 SB, .824 OPS

    Santana was stellar in 2014, hitting .319 to lead all rookies with at least 400 at-bats and ranking second among American League first-year players with 20 steals. Splitting time between center field and shortstop, he also posted a doubles tally (27) not bested by a Minnesota rookie since 1984.

  • 0.6%
    George Springer, OF
    .231 AVG, 20 HR, 51 RBIs, 45 R, 5 SB, .804 OPS

    Springer showed off his prodigious power in 2014, recording 51 RBIs and hitting 20 homers in just 295 at-bats. During the slugger's time on the Astros' active roster, only four big leaguers belted more long balls.

  • Closer Of the Year

    Baseball's best ninth-inning men
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    Closer of the Year

    2014 Greg Holland
    2013 Craig Kimbrel
    2012 Fernando Rodney
    2011 Jose Valverde
    2010 Brian Wilson
    2009 Mariano Rivera
    2008 Brad Lidge
    2007 Jonathan Papelbon
    2006 Mariano Rivera
    2005 Mariano Rivera
    2004 Mariano Rivera
    2003 NA
    2002 John Smoltz
  • 52.8%
    Greg Holland
    1-3, 46/48 SVO, 1.44 ERA, 90 K's, 0.91 WHIP

    Holland excelled in 2014, producing a second straight season with an ERA below 1.50. The dominant closer also lowered his lifetime opponents' average to .197 -- the best all time for any Royals hurler with at least 250 innings -- en route to 46 saves.

  • 19.3%
    Aroldis Chapman
    0-3, 36/38 SVO, 2.00 ERA, 106 K's, 0.83 WHIP

    Chapman was as untouchable as ever in 2014, during which he set the Major League mark with a 17.7 K/9 rate. With a fastball that averaged 100.3 mph on the season, the flame-throwing southpaw saved 36 games in 38 tries.

  • 13.0%
    Craig Kimbrel
    0-3, 47/51 SVO, 1.61 ERA, 95 K's, 0.91 WHIP

    The top of the National League's saves leaderboard included Kimbrel's name for the fourth straight year in 2014, which saw the righty record the Senior Circuit's third-best reliever ERA (1.61, min. 50 innings). Additionally, he became the only bullpen arm to post a sub-1.00 WHIP with at least 60 frames in each of the past three campaigns.

  • 6.0%
    Zach Britton
    3-2, 37/41 SVO, 1.65 ERA, 62 K's, 0.90 WHIP

    Britton was brilliant during his first season in the closer's role, notching 37 saves with a great deal of help from baseball's best reliever ground-ball rate (75.8 percent).

  • 2.9%
    Fernando Rodney
    1-6, 48/51 SVO, 2.85 ERA, 76 K's, 1.34 WHIP

    Rodney was again a top stopper in 2014, leading baseball with a Mariners-record 48 saves. The right-hander was effective in doing so, recording a 10.3 K/9 rate and a sub-3.00 ERA.

  • 2.5%
    Huston Street
    2-2, 41/44 SVO, 1.37 ERA, 57 K's, 0.94 WHIP

    Street was sensational in 2014, posting a 1.37 ERA with the Padres and Angels. That mark -- which ranked third among all relievers with at least 50 innings pitched and tops among full-time closers -- helped the veteran stopper save a career-high 41 games.

  • 1.5%
    Kenley Jansen
    2-3, 44/49 SVO, 2.76 ERA, 101 K's, 1.13 WHIP

    Jansen dominated during the 2014 campaign, tying for third in the National League with a career-high 44 saves. The hard-throwing right-hander also finished second among Senior Circuit relievers with 101 strikeouts.

  • 1.1%
    Jonathan Papelbon
    2-3, 39/43 SVO, 2.04 ERA, 63 K's, 0.90 WHIP

    Papelbon was dominant out of the closer's role in 2014, recording a 2.04 ERA to go along with 39 saves. The veteran stopper was extremely stingy with allowing baserunners, posting the game's fourth-lowest WHIP (0.90) among hurlers with at least 30 saves.

  • 0.8%
    Francisco Rodriguez
    5-5, 44/49 SVO, 3.04 ERA, 73 K's, 0.99 WHIP

    Rodriguez racked up the saves in 2014, finishing the season with 44. And true to his nickname, K-Rod struck out 73 batters in 68 innings for a 9.7 K/9 rate.

  • Setup Man Of the Year

    The unheralded stars of the bullpen
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    Setup Man of the Year

    2014 Wade Davis
    2013 Mark Melancon
    2012 Sergio Romo
    2011 David Robertson
    2010 Joaquin Benoit
    2009 Jeremy Affeldt
    2008 Hong-Chih Kuo
    2007 Hideki Okajima
    2006 Joel Zumaya
    2005 Neal Cotts
    2004 Francisco Rodriguez
    2003 Brendan Donnelly
    2002 Chris Hammond
  • 49.6%
    Wade Davis
    9-2, 33 HLD, 3 SV, 1.00 ERA, 109 K's, 0.85 WHIP

    Davis had a season for the ages in 2014, leading all relievers with a 1.00 ERA. That mark -- the eighth-best all time for an American League reliever -- accompanied a Junior Circuit-best 33 holds and nine wins, which also led AL bullpen arms.

  • 24.7%
    Dellin Betances
    5-0, 22 HLD, 1 SV, 1.40 ERA, 135 K's, 0.78 WHIP

    Betances dominated during his first full season, leading American League relievers with a .149 opponents' average and ranking second in the group with a 1.40 ERA. Additionally, the right-hander set the Major League mark for strikeouts (135) by a rookie with 115 or fewer innings pitched.

  • 7.9%
    Tyler Clippard
    7-4, 40 HLD, 1 SV, 2.18 ERA, 82 K's, 1.00 WHIP

    Clippard was incredible in 2014, leading baseball by a wide margin in holds (40) and posting a 10.5 K/9 rate. The right-hander was at his best when recording a hold, tossing scoreless appearances in all but one of those outings.

  • 4.9%
    Tony Watson
    10-2, 34 HLD, 2 SV, 1.63 ERA, 81 K's, 1.02 WHIP

    Watson was incredible out of the Pirates' bullpen in 2014, tying for the big league lead with 10 relief wins. The hurler did his part to earn that victory total, posting baseball's second-best ERA among left-handed relievers (1.63) and recording more holds (34) than all but one hurler.

  • 4.5%
    Andrew Miller
    5-5, 22 HLD, 1 SV, 2.02 ERA, 103 K's, 0.80 WHIP

    An imposing figure at 6-foot-7, Miller led American League left-handed relievers with 103 strikeouts and a .456 opponents' OPS. Splitting his season between Boston and Baltimore, he also recorded a 2.02 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.

  • 3.4%
    Pat Neshek
    7-2, 25 HLD, 6 SV, 1.87 ERA, 68 K's, 0.79 WHIP

    Neshek was a standout setup man in 2014, leading National League relievers with a 7.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander also posted stellar surface stats, finishing second and seventh among Senior Circuit bullpen arms in WHIP (0.79) and ERA (1.87), respectively (min. 50 innings).

  • 1.9%
    Darren O'Day
    5-2, 25 HLD, 4 SV, 1.70 ERA, 73 K's, 0.89 WHIP

    O'Day dominated in 2014, completing the campaign seventh among American League relievers in ERA (1.70). The right-hander also chipped in four saves and fanned more than a batter per inning (9.6 K/9 rate).

  • 1.7%
    Drew Storen
    2-1, 20 HLD, 11 SV, 1.12 ERA, 46 K's, 0.98 WHIP

    A central cog in the Nationals' bridge to the ninth inning during 2014, Storen led Senior Circuit relievers with a 1.12 ERA. The right-hander also handled Washington's closer's role late in the season, finishing as baseball's only hurler with at least 10 saves and 20 holds.

  • 1.5%
    Joe Smith
    7-2, 18 HLD, 15 SV, 1.81 ERA, 68 K's, 0.80 WHIP

    One of baseball's best bullpen workhorses, Smith set or tied career highs in wins (seven), innings (74 2/3) and strikeouts (68) while posting a personal-best 1.81 ERA. The right-hander also saved 15 games and led the American League with 67 scoreless appearances.

  • Defensive Player Of the Year

    The game's glove gurus from 2014
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    Defensive Player of the Year

    2014 Andrelton Simmons
    2013 Yadier Molina
    2012 Yadier Molina
    2011 Asdrubal Cabrera
    2010 Elvis Andrus
    2009 Jacoby Ellsbury
    2008 Orlando Cabrera
    2007 Placido Polanco
    2006 Mike Lowell
    2005 Ichiro Suzuki
    2004 Jim Edmonds
    2003 Jim Edmonds
    2002 Torii Hunter
  • 22.9%
    Andrelton Simmons, SS
    .978 FLD PCT, 411 assists

    Again a virtuoso with the glove in 2014, Simmons employed his excellent tools to rank among baseball's best shortstops in several statistical categories such as Range Factor (4.3) and double plays (99).

  • 17.1%
    Alex Gordon, OF
    .994 FLD PCT, 341 putouts, 8 assists

    Gordon continued to build his reputation as an elite defender in 2014, making a difference with his range (341 putouts -- 70 more than any other left fielder) and arm (eight assists).

  • 11.1%
    Jason Heyward, OF
    .997 FLD PCT, 365 putouts, 9 assists

    One of the best at tracking down faraway fly balls, the Braves' Heyward finished 2014 with nine assists and the game's best Range Factor among right fielders (2.51).

  • 10.7%
    Juan Lagares, OF
    .984 FLD PCT, 293 putouts, 6 assists

    Dazzling on defense, Lagares impressed once again for New York's National League club in 2014. The outfielder used his tools to lead Senior Circuit center fielders with a 2.67 Range Factor.

  • 9.6%
    Nolan Arenado, 3B
    .959 FLD PCT, 280 assists

    Arenado was spectacular at the hot corner in 2014, leading all Major League third basemen with a 3.14 Range Factor and finishing fifth at the position in assists (280).

  • 6.4%
    Jonathan Lucroy, C
    .996 FLD PCT, 26 CS PCT

    Lucroy was one of the Majors' top players in 2014, with his defense contributing to that label. The Brewers backstop arguably was baseball's best pitch-framer (credit: Baseball Prospectus advanced-catching metrics), and he tied for the fewest passed balls among catchers with at least 120 starts behind the plate.

  • 6.3%
    Josh Donaldson, 3B
    .952 FLD PCT, 328 assists

    Playing in a home park with a great deal of foul ground, the A's Donaldson again excelled on defense during 2014. The third baseman led his position with 328 assists and finished first among Junior Circuit hot-corner men with a 3.06 Range Factor.

  • 5.9%
    J.J. Hardy, SS
    .978 FLD PCT, 394 assists

    Long considered one of the best defensive shortstops in the Majors, Hardy again displayed a great glove in 2014. He had the second-best Range Factor (4.12) and finished third in fielding percentage (.978) among Junior Circuit shortstops.

  • 5.6%
    Ian Kinsler, 2B
    .988 FLD PCT, 467 assists

    Kinsler was a strong friend of Detroit's pitching staff in 2014, converting many would-be hits into outs. The second baseman ranked among the best at his position in assists (467), double plays (101) and Range Factor (4.73).

  • 4.5%
    Billy Hamilton, OF
    .994 FLD PCT, 342 putouts, 10 assists

    The owner of electric speed, Hamilton finished the season fifth among National League outfielders in Range Factor (2.44). He also flashed a strong arm, tying for second in that group with 10 assists.

  • Breakout Everyday Player of the Year

    A new class of heavyweight hitters has arrived
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    Breakout Everyday Player of the Year

    2014 Jose Altuve
    2013 Chris Davis
    2012 Chase Headley
    2011 NA
    2010 Carlos Gonzalez
    2009 Jayson Werth
  • 25.8%
    Jose Altuve, 2B
    .341 AVG, 7 HR, 59 RBIs, 85 R, 56 SB, .830 OPS

    Altuve elevated his play to a new echelon in 2014, hitting a big league-best .341 and pacing the American League with 56 steals. The second baseman also recorded 47 doubles -- the third-highest tally in the sport.

  • 24.7%
    Michael Brantley, OF
    .327 AVG, 20 HR, 97 RBIs, 94 R, 23 SB, .890 OPS

    Brantley took his game to a new level in 2014, drastically improving his rate and counting stats. The outfielder doubled his previous career high in homers -- becoming just one of five big leaguers with 20 long balls and 20 steals as a result -- and watched his average skyrocket to baseball's third-best mark (.327).

  • 15.5%
    J.D. Martinez, OF
    .315 AVG, 23 HR, 76 RBIs, 57 R, 6 SB, .912 OPS

    Signed to a Minor League deal just prior to Opening Day, Martinez did not reach the Majors until late April. But despite his late start, the former prospect spent the season shattering career highs in virtually every offensive category.

  • 8.7%
    Anthony Rendon, 3B
    .287 AVG, 21 HR, 83 RBIs, 111 R, 17 SB, .824 OPS

    Rendon took his game to the next level during his sophomore 2014 season, leading the National League with 111 runs and pacing his club with 66 extra-base hits. The first-round Draft pick from 2011 also finished third in the Senior Circuit with 290 total bases and tied for fourth among that group with 39 doubles.

  • 7.8%
    Josh Harrison, 3B
    .315 AVG, 13 HR, 52 RBIs, 77 R, 18 SB, .837 OPS

    Harrison broke out in a big way during 2014, shattering previous career highs in virtually every category. A National League All-Star who played all over the field, he finished second in the Senior Circuit with a .315 average and second on the Pirates with 58 extra-base hits.

  • 5.9%
    Anthony Rizzo, 1B
    .286 AVG, 32 HR, 78 RBIs, 89 R, 5 SB, .913 OPS

    Rizzo raked at the plate in 2014, finishing second in the National League with 32 home runs. The first baseman also excelled in the rate-stat departments, ending the year third in the Senior Circuit with a .913 OPS.

  • 3.6%
    Corey Dickerson, OF
    .312 AVG, 24 HR, 76 RBIs, 74 R, 8 SB, .931 OPS

    Dickerson had a strong season with Colorado in 2014, hitting his way into consistent playing time. The outfielder led all National Leaguers (min. 400 at-bats) with a .567 slugging percentage, and he finished fourth in average (.312) and OPS (.931).

  • 3.2%
    Devin Mesoraco, C
    .273 AVG, 25 HR, 80 RBIs, 54 R, 1 SB, .893 OPS

    Mesoraco mashed his way onto a short list of baseball's best catchers, leading the position with 25 homers and tallying 80 RBIs. By doing so, he joined Johnny Bench as the only Cincinnati backstops to reach both marks in the same season.

  • 2.5%
    Lucas Duda, 1B
    .253 AVG, 30 HR, 92 RBIs, 74 R, 3 SB, .830 OPS

    Duda produced in strong fashion during 2014, doubling his previous career high with 30 homers. He finished third in the National League in that category and tied for fifth in the Senior Circuit with 92 RBIs.

  • 2.4%
    Dee Gordon, 2B
    .289 AVG, 2 HR, 34 RBIs, 92 R, 64 SB, .704 OPS

    Gordon was far from guaranteed playing time entering the year, but he cemented his place in the Dodgers' lineup by leading the Majors with 64 steals and 12 triples. The speedster was more than just legs, though, as his 176 hits tied for fifth among National League players.

  • Breakout Pitcher Of the Year

    Baseball's new wave of upper-echelon arms
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    Breakout Pitcher of the Year

    2014 Corey Kluber
    2013 Matt Harvey
    2012 R.A. Dickey
    2011 Ian Kennedy
  • 51.4%
    Corey Kluber, SP
    18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 K's, 1.09 WHIP

    Kluber joined the elite-pitcher echelon in 2014, ranking among the best in most meaningful statistical categories. Only three hurlers won more games than the right-hander (18), who posted baseball's second-highest strikeout tally (269), fourth-highest innings tally (235 2/3) and seventh-lowest ERA (2.44).

  • 13.1%
    Jake Arrieta, SP
    10-5, 2.53 ERA, 167 K's, 0.99 WHIP

    Arrieta pitched like an ace for much of 2014, recording the fifth-lowest opponents' average (.203) and WHIP (0.99) among hurlers with at least 25 starts. Using the same criterion, the right-hander also ranked eighth and 10th with a 9.6 K/9 rate and a 2.53 ERA, respectively.

  • 8.3%
    Dallas Keuchel, SP
    12-9, 2.93 ERA, 146 K's, 1.18 WHIP

    Keuchel emerged in a demonstrable way in 2014, finishing as one of just four American Leaguers with a sub-3.00 ERA in 200 or more frames. His performance was a significant step up from the season prior, when he recorded a 5.15 mark in nearly 50 fewer innings.

  • 8.1%
    Garrett Richards, SP
    13-4, 2.61 ERA, 164 K's, 1.04 WHIP

    Richards came into his own in 2014, setting career bests in almost every major pitching category before sustaining a torn patellar tendon in late August. At the time of his injury, the righty ranked among the AL leaders in opponents' average (.201, second), ERA (2.61, fourth), wins (13, tied for fourth) and strikeouts (164, seventh).

  • 5.2%
    Phil Hughes, SP
    16-10, 3.52 ERA, 186 K's, 1.13 WHIP

    Hughes posted historic peripheral statistics in 2014, setting the Major League mark with an 11.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And across 209 2/3 innings, the right-hander also accomplished the rare feat of recording as many wins as free passes (16).

  • 4.2%
    Tanner Roark, SP
    15-10, 2.85 ERA, 138 K's, 1.09 WHIP

    Roark surprised many with his strong 2014 performance, finishing with 15 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA. Additionally, the right-hander ranked among the National League's best in opponents' OPS (.632, fifth), WHIP (1.09, eighth) and victories (tied for eighth).

  • 3.6%
    Zach Britton, RP
    3-2, 37/41 SVO, 1.65 ERA, 62 K's, 0.90 WHIP

    In one of the year's most effective role-changing moves, Britton shifted to Baltimore's bullpen following three years as a subpar starter (4.77 ERA). On the season, he posted a 1.65 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and became just the seventh American League southpaw with a 37-save campaign.

  • 3.5%
    Carlos Carrasco, SP
    8-7, 2.55 ERA, 140 K's, 0.99 WHIP

    Acquired by the Indians as part of their trade of Cliff Lee in 2009, Carrasco excelled in 134 innings spent between the rotation and bullpen this past season. The righty recorded career bests in multiple categories by dominating down the stretch, posting baseball's lowest ERA (1.30) from Aug. 10 through season's end (min. seven starts).

  • 2.0%
    Danny Duffy, SP
    9-12, 2.53 ERA, 113 K's, 1.11 WHIP

    Duffy impressed during a 2014 campaign spent mostly in the rotation, ranking fifth among AL hurlers with at least 140 frames in ERA (2.53) and opponents' average (.209). The southpaw was at his best vs. same-sided hitters, holding them to a .137 clip that ranked second in baseball among pitchers who faced at least 100 left-handed batters.

  • 0.7%
    Wily Peralta, SP
    17-11, 3.53 ERA, 154 K's, 1.30 WHIP

    The 25-year-old Peralta provided a dose of youth to a veteran-laden Brewers rotation in 2014, leading the team in innings with 198 2/3, tying for fifth in the National League with 17 wins and recording a 3.53 ERA.

  • Bounceback Player Of the Year

    The top bounceback campaigns from around baseball
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    Bounceback Player of the Year

    2014 Johnny Cueto
    2013 Francisco Liriano
    2012 Buster Posey
    2011 Lance Berkman
  • 21.5%
    Johnny Cueto, SP
    20-9, 2.25 ERA, 242 K's, 0.96 WHIP

    Limited to 11 starts last year due to multiple disabled-list stints, Cueto bounced back to lead the National League with 243 2/3 innings in 2014. The 28-year-old was as much about quality as he was quantity, becoming the first Reds right-hander since 1965 to win 20 games and recording baseball's fourth-lowest ERA (2.25).

  • 15.8%
    Chris Young, SP
    12-9, 3.65 ERA, 108 K's, 1.23 WHIP

    After years of ineffectiveness and missed time due to shoulder woes, Young bounced back in a big way in 2014. The 6-foot-10 right-hander, who did not pitch in the Majors during 2013, posted a 3.65 ERA and the sixth-lowest hits-per-nine-innings rate (7.8) in the American League.

  • 13.3%
    Pat Neshek, RP
    7-2, 25 HLD, 6 SV, 1.87 ERA, 68 K's, 0.79 WHIP

    After persevering through injuries and personal tragedy, Neshek signed a Minor League deal with the Cardinals in February. He then ascended up St. Louis' bullpen hierarchy, making his first All-Star team and finishing with the third-best opponents' OPS (.480) and the fourth-lowest ERA (1.87) among NL relievers with at least 60 innings pitched.

  • 12.1%
    Justin Morneau, 1B
    .319 AVG, 17 HR, 82 RBIs, 62 R, 0 SB, .860 OPS

    Following four seasons filled with injury and underperformance, Morneau regained his health and much of his old form with Colorado in 2014. The '06 American League MVP claimed the NL batting crown with a .319 average, posting solid counting stats along the way.

  • 10.3%
    Matt Kemp, OF
    .287 AVG, 25 HR, 89 RBIs, 77 R, 8 SB, .852 OPS

    Coming off a down 2013 campaign that included three trips to the disabled list, Kemp reemerged to post his highest homer (25), RBI (89) and runs scored (77) tallies since finishing second in the NL MVP Award voting in 2011. The outfielder was especially excellent after the All-Star break, when he led baseball with a .606 slugging percentage.

  • 9.9%
    Casey McGehee, 3B
    .287 AVG, 4 HR, 76 RBIs, 56 R, 4 SB, .712 OPS

    After a season spent in Japan, McGehee returned to the United States with aplomb in 2014. Among National League third basemen, he ranked second with a .287 average and a .355 on-base percentage and third with 76 RBIs.

  • 6.2%
    Edinson Volquez, SP
    13-7, 3.04 ERA, 140 K's, 1.23 WHIP

    Coming off a campaign in which he posted baseball's highest ERA (5.71), Volquez was a major question mark entering 2014. The right-hander got back on track, though, leading the NL's top Wild Card team in ERA (3.04), wins (13) and innings pitched (192 2/3).

  • 5.9%
    Starlin Castro, SS
    .292 AVG, 14 HR, 65 RBIs, 58 R, 4 SB, .777 OPS

    After recording the second-highest hits total (529) in the National League from 2010-12, Castro struggled to the tune of a .245 average and a .631 OPS in '13. The young shortstop returned to his solid ways this year, though, hitting .292 with a career-best .777 OPS.

  • 5.0%
    Tim Hudson, SP
    9-13, 3.57 ERA, 120 K's, 1.23 WHIP

    Hudson bounced back from a serious ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season, posting a 3.57 ERA in 31 starts. A National League All-Star in '14, Hudson found success by inducing ground balls -- his tally of 335 ranked second in the Senior Circuit -- and limiting walks (1.6 BB/9, sixth in NL).

  • Manager Of the Year

    The game's elite skippers
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    Manager of the Year

    2014 Bruce Bochy
    2013 John Farrell
    2012 Buck Showalter
    2011 Kirk Gibson
    2010 Bruce Bochy
    2009 Jim Tracy
    2008 Charlie Manuel
    2007 Joe Torre
    2006 Jim Leyland
    2005 Ozzie Guillen
    2004 Terry Francona
    2003 Dusty Baker
  • 29.2%
    Bruce Bochy
    88-74 record, NL Wild Card berth, World Series champion

    Baseball's winningest active manager, Bochy led the Giants to a World Series title for the third time in five years. The journey marked his seventh visit to the postseason -- a feat surpassed by only eight skippers in history.

  • 28.4%
    Buck Showalter
    96-66 record, 1st place in AL East

    Showalter ran a strong Baltimore club in 2014, leading the squad to 96 triumphs. And despite managing in a division replete with traditional powerhouses, the veteran skipper won the American League East by 12 games -- the largest margin of victory among the Junior Circuit's three first-place teams.

  • 17.0%
    Ned Yost
    89-73 record, AL Wild Card berth, AL champion

    Now the longest-tenured manager in club history with 775 regular-season games at the helm, Yost led the Royals to their first postseason appearance and American League pennant since 1985. The veteran skipper ran a team that won 89 games -- the most for Kansas City since '89.

  • 10.1%
    Matt Williams
    96-66 record, 1st place in NL East

    Williams had a successful first campaign as a big league manager, leading the Nationals to an NL-high 96 wins. The rookie skipper's club often won big, as evidenced by its Senior Circuit-best run differential (+131).

  • 6.5%
    Clint Hurdle
    88-74 record, NL Wild Card berth

    The manager of last year's Cinderella story, Hurdle led the Pirates back to the postseason in 2014. Helming a club that endured 20 consecutive losing campaigns from 1993-2012, the veteran skipper has helped instill hope in an entire generation of fans.

  • 2.8%
    Bob Melvin
    88-74 record, AL Wild Card berth

    Melvin returned the A's to the postseason for the third straight season, overseeing the club with baseball's best run differential (+157). The skipper found success managing Oakland's myriad of lineup platoons, which helped the team maximize its offensive output.

  • 2.2%
    Mike Matheny
    90-72 record, 1st place in NL Central

    Matheny continued to prevail in 2014, reaching the postseason for the third time in as many years at the helm. In doing so, the National League's winningest manager since taking over in 2012 became the first Cardinals skipper to complete the feat.

  • 2.1%
    Don Mattingly
    94-68 record, 1st place in NL West

    Mattingly had a successful 2014 regular season, leading the 94-win Dodgers to their second straight National League West title. As a result of the strong campaign, the former first baseman has more victories the past two years (186) than any skipper outside of St. Louis.

  • 0.9%
    Brad Ausmus
    90-72 record, 1st place in AL Central

    Ausmus had a successful inaugural season at the Tigers' helm, skippering the club to a hard-fought AL Central crown. In doing so, he became just the fourth manager to pilot his team to the postseason during his first year with Detroit.

  • 0.8%
    Mike Scioscia
    98-64 record, 1st place in AL West

    The Majors' longest-tenured active manager with his current team, Scioscia oversaw a club that finished 2014 with a big league-best 98 wins. The victory total came out of the American League West, the only division in baseball to have three franchises with at least 87 wins (Oakland had 88 and Seattle had 87).

  • Executive Of the Year

    Baseball's best team architects
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    Executive of the Year

    2014 Dayton Moore
    2013 Ben Cherington
    2012 Billy Beane
    2011 John Mozeliak
    2010 Brian Sabean
    2009 Ruben Amaro, Jr.
    2008 Pat Gillick
  • 36.8%
    Dayton Moore
    89-73 record, AL Wild Card berth, AL champion

    The architect of a team that ended a generation outside the playoffs, Moore made multiple moves that led the Royals to the World Series in 2014. He oversaw a club comprised primarily of homegrown talent and buttressed by acquisitions such as James Shields and Wade Davis in 2012 and Nori Aoki, Jason Vargas and Omar Infante in '13.

  • 24.9%
    Brian Sabean
    88-74 record, NL Wild Card berth, World Series champion

    Sabean built his third World Series winner in five years by way of strong player development and several shrewd moves. The executive improved his 2014 club by signing outfielder Michael Morse and right-hander Tim Hudson during the offseason and acquiring hurler Jake Peavy prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

  • 22.7%
    Dan Duquette
    96-66 record, 1st place in AL East

    Duquette designed the O's first division winner since 1997, signing baseball's home run leader -- Nelson Cruz -- in February, and watching 2012 waiver claim Steve Pearce break out. The executive also enhanced his team in the season, most notably by acquiring a dominant left-handed reliever in Andrew Miller at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

  • 6.3%
    Jerry Dipoto
    98-64 record, 1st place in AL West

    Dipoto, whose club won a big league-best 98 games, did wonderful work in building a formidable bullpen. The general manager signed stellar setup man Joe Smith during the offseason before trading for closer Huston Street and 2013 All-Star Jason Grilli in the summer.

  • 4.7%
    John Mozeliak
    90-72 record, 1st place in NL Central

    Mozeliak built his fourth straight postseason club, one that was again made up primarily of homegrown talent. The senior vice president and general manager did augment the team with some outside help, though, signing Jhonny Peralta and Pat Neshek during the offseason and acquiring John Lackey and A.J. Pierzynski in the summer.

  • 4.6%
    Neal Huntington
    88-74 record, NL Wild Card berth

    Huntington's Pirates continued to rewrite the franchise narrative in 2014, reaching the postseason in back-to-back years following 20 consecutive losing campaigns. The general manager and senior VP did his part to get them there with moves he made last offseason, most notably by signing the resurgent Edinson Volquez.

  • Postseason MVP

    The prime playoff performers
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    Postseason MVP

    2014 Madison Bumgarner
    2013 David Ortiz
    2012 Pablo Sandoval
    2011 David Freese
    2010 Tim Lincecum
  • 87.1%
    Madison Bumgarner
    4-1, 1 SV, 1.03 ERA, 45 K's, 0.65 WHIP

    From his October-opening shutout in the NL Wild Card Game to the World Series' last out, Bumgarner excelled during the 2014 postseason. He offered a historic mix of quality and quantity, posting a 1.03 ERA across a playoff-record 52 2/3 innings and winning two Fall Classic contests before reemerging on short rest for a five-inning save in Game 7.

  • 3.9%
    Hunter Pence
    .333 AVG, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 12 R, 2 SB, .875 OPS

    Pence contributed a great deal to the Giants' successful World Series run, hitting .333 in the postseason and tying for second among all players with 12 runs scored. With his success, the outfielder extended a postseason run of consistency that has seen him reach base safely at least once in 20 straight contests dating back to 2012.

  • 3.3%
    Eric Hosmer
    .351 AVG, 2 HR, 12 RBIs, 8 R, 0 SB, .983 OPS

    Hosmer saved one of his best months of 2014 for the most important of them all, hitting the ball with authority in October. The first baseman ended the postseason with stellar stats, including an RBI tally (12) and an on-base percentage (.439) that topped all playoff performers (min. 40 plate appearances).

  • 2.5%
    Lorenzo Cain
    .333 AVG, 0 HR, 8 RBIs, 13 R, 2 SB, .805 OPS

    The MVP Award winner of the American League Championship Series, Cain shined with his bat and glove throughout October. The outfielder finished the postseason with a .333 average, more runs (13) than anyone in the sport and a panoply of highlight-worthy defensive plays.

  • 2.1%
    Pablo Sandoval
    .366 AVG, 0 HR, 5 RBIs, 12 R, 0 SB, .888 OPS

    The Giants' Sandoval continued to build his legacy as one of October's top talents, establishing a playoff record with 26 hits. In doing so, the third baseman led all 2014 postseason performers with at least 30 at-bats by hitting .366 and finished tied for second with 12 runs scored.

  • 1.0%
    Greg Holland
    0-0, 7 SV, 0.82 ERA, 15 K's, 0.82 WHIP

    Holland extended his outstanding 2014 campaign into October, tying the all-time playoff mark with seven saves. The right-hander was dominant in doing so, posting a 0.82 ERA and a .105 opponents' average.

  • Play Of the Year

    The top defensive efforts of the season
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    Play of the Year

    2014 Steven Souza Jr. (catch to save no-hitter)
    2013 Manny Machado (long throw)
    2012 Mike Trout (catch to deny home run)
    2011 Ben Revere (grab at the wall)
    2010 Mark Buehrle (amazing flip to 1st)
    2009 Dewayne Wise (catch saves perfect game)
    2008 Gabe Kapler (greets fan)
    2007 Curtis Granderson (wall grab)
    2006 Melky Cabrera (robs Manny)
    2005 David Wright (barehander)
    2004 Derek Jeter (stands dive)
    2003 Rafael Furcal (unassisted triple play)
    2002 Torii Hunter (ASG catch)
  • 50.0%
    Souza saves no-hitter
    Sept. 28 vs. MIA

    Inserted into the Nationals' regular-season finale as a defensive replacement, Steven Souza Jr. saved the day on the game's last play, sprawling out following a long run to preserve Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter.

  • 8.3%
    Carrera's incredible catch
    Aug. 4 at NYY

    Ezequiel Carrera's first start for the Tigers was highlighted by a dazzling dive on the center-field warning track that likely saved at least a pair of runs and elicited a visible "wow" from a stunned Derek Jeter.

  • 8.0%
    Simmons' stellar stop
    Aug. 27 at NYM

    Andrelton Simmons got a quick bead on a ball hit to his backhand side, picking it off the short outfield grass and firing a jump-throw to first to end the inning and prevent the tying run from scoring.

  • 7.8%
    Puig's dazzling dive
    May 22 at NYM

    Yasiel Puig showed off his tremendous range in a May contest at Citi Field, putting his wrist on the line with a full extension diving grab to rob Wilmer Flores of extra bases, eliciting cheers from fans of both teams.

  • 7.5%
    Springer impersonates Superman
    July 9 at TEX

    George Springer's rookie season came with quite a few fielding highlights, perhaps none greater than when he crashed into the Rangers' center-field wall. He lost his sunglasses at the end of a lengthy sprint, but still robbed Alex Rios of extra bases.

  • 7.2%
    Kiermaier's incredible leap
    June 11 vs. STL

    A bases-loaded shot to the gap looked certain to result in runs for the Cardinals before Kevin Kiermaier left his feet for a full-extension, inning-ending diving catch -- complete with a somersault at the end.

  • 4.1%
    Keeping up with Jones
    Aug. 25 vs. TB

    Adam Jones put on a show in center field during a game against the Rays, leaping over the wall to rob Evan Longoria of a long ball before firing to second base for a double play.

  • 3.9%
    Hechavarria's great grab
    Aug. 23 at COL

    Adeiny Hechavarria extended an extra-innings contest against the Rockies with a leaping backhand grab in shallow center field that kept Justin Morneau from delivering a walk-off hit in the 12th.

  • 2.6%
    Goins' great bare-handed grab
    Sept. 8 vs. CHC

    With Marcus Stroman's first career shutout on the line, Ryan Goins ranged far to his left, reached across his body to barehand a short-hop blooper and fired to first in one motion for the game-ending out.

  • 0.6%
    Nelson's outstanding catch
    Aug. 12 vs. COL

    The Padres' Chris Nelson showed little regard for his body on a play against the Rockies, tumbling into the stands while snaring a popup off the bat of Charlie Blackmon.

  • Outfield Throw Of the Year

    The top outfield tosses of the season
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    Outfield Throw of the Year

    2014 Yoenis Cespedes
  • 49.0%
    Cespedes' incredible throw
    June 10 at LAA

    After chasing down the baseball, the A's Yoenis Cespedes launched a majestic throw into catcher Derek Norris' mitt on the fly and in time to catch Howie Kendrick, who had attempted to score from first base in the eighth frame of a tie game.

  • 11.8%
    Puig beams ball
    Sept. 22 vs. SF

    With the Dodgers and Giants vying for the National League West title, Yasiel Puig's laser from center field to home plate caught Brandon Belt and preserved a 2-2 tie in the 11th inning of a late-September showdown.

  • 9.9%
    Aviles' awesome toss
    July 13 vs. CWS

    With his feet in left-field foul territory following a nice running grab, the Indians' Mike Aviles turned and fired a strike to first base for a dazzling double play.

  • 9.2%
    Ozuna's outstanding assist
    June 20 vs. NYM

    Marcell Ozuna turned what appeared to be a game-tying sacrifice fly into a contest-ending double play by firing a strike to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged Kirk Nieuwenhuis to seal Miami's 3-2 win.

  • 7.5%
    Trout's terrific toss
    May 23 vs. KC

    Mike Trout displayed one of his lesser-heralded -- yet nonetheless impressive -- tools, firing a laser throw from right-center field to third base to thwart Nori Aoki's attempt to tag up on the catch.

  • 5.9%
    Reddick's strike from right
    April 26 at HOU

    George Springer's speed was no match for Josh Reddick's arm in a late-April game, when the A's right fielder foiled a tag-up attempt by firing a long line-drive throw to third base.

  • 4.1%
    Bautista fires to first base
    May 29 vs. KC

    In the ninth inning of a game the Blue Jays led by one, right fielder Jose Bautista fielded what appeared to be a surefire single by Billy Butler and immediately fired the ball to a waiting Edwin Encarnacion for a bang-bang out at first base.

  • 1.9%
    Martin's amazing throw
    May 17 vs. TOR

    The speed of Jose Reyes could not compete with Leonys Martin, who caught a towering fly ball before reeling off a one-hop throw home for an inning-ending double play.

  • 0.8%
    Mile High throw
    July 11 vs. MIN

    The Twins' Brian Dozier tried to advance from first to third on a single to right field, but he was nailed at the hot corner thanks to a strong throw from Carlos Gonzalez.

  • Moment Of the Year

    The season's most memorable snapshots
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    Moment of the Year

    2014 Derek Jeter (walk-off single in final career home game)
    2013 Red Sox (first home game following Boston Marathon tragedy)
    2012 NA
    2011 Dan Johnson (Game 162 HR)
    2010 Dallas Braden (with grandmother, post perfect game)
    2009 Derek Jeter (Yankees hit king)
    2008 Derek Jeter (stadium finale)
    2007 Craig Biggio (3,000th hit)
  • 56.9%
    2 good to be true
    Sept. 25 vs. BAL

    In his final career at-bat in the Bronx, Derek Jeter walked off the field a hero. Singling home the game-winning run courtesy of his famous inside-out swing, the Yankees captain was mobbed by his teammates and showered with deafening cheers by all those in attendance.

  • 8.5%
    Scully's special announcement
    July 29 vs. ATL

    Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully's plans to return behind the mic for a 66th season in 2015 were announced during a game against Atlanta. The news was broken via a mock press conference featuring Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner, who made public the venerable voice's decision in Korean, Spanish and English, respectively.

  • 6.6%
    Gr8 start
    Sept. 15 vs. MIA

    Jacob deGrom dazzled out of the gate in his penultimate start of the season, striking out the first eight batters to step to the plate. In doing so, the right-hander tied Jim Deshaies' Major League mark, set in 1986, for consecutive K's to open a contest.

  • 6.2%
    A fantastic first hit
    Sept. 22 vs. HOU

    Following 13 seasons in the Minor Leagues, Guilder Rodriguez notched his first big league hit in a Rangers win over the Astros. Adding to the excitement, the base knock came with the 31-year-old's exuberant family watching from the stands.

  • 6.0%
    Derek Jeter Day
    Sept. 7 vs. KC

    A pinstriped legend's contributions were put on display when the Yankees held Derek Jeter Day. One of the most accomplished players of all time, the retiring shortstop was honored during a resplendent ceremony on a sunny Sunday September afternoon.

  • 5.3%
    All-Star man
    July 15 in MIN (ASG)

    Derek Jeter's swan-song season took an All-Star stop at Target Field, where the Midsummer Classic mainstay tallied a double and a single with a run scored before receiving a rousing ovation during an emotional exit.

  • 4.0%
    Pujols 500
    April 22 at WSH

    Albert Pujols powered his way into exclusive company once again, becoming the 26th member of baseball's 500 home run club. The slugger officially joined the ranks with a stellar showing that saw him belt two long balls in one game.

  • 3.9%
    Phillies hit king
    June 14 vs. CHC

    Jimmy Rollins climbed into the top spot on the Phillies' all-time hits list, recording career base knock No. 2,235 against the Cubs. After completing the feat, the shortstop was greeted on the field by Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, who had previously held the record.

  • 2.6%
    Dyson's fantastic flip
    Aug. 11 vs. OAK

    On the way to their first postseason berth since 1985, the red-hot Royals vied valiantly for the AL Central crown. Ending an August game with a catch that catapulted Kansas City back into first, Jarrod Dyson personified his city's exuberance with an acrobatic backflip.

  • Storyline Of the Year

    The season's most compelling angles
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    Storyline of the Year

    2014 Expanded instant replay
    2013 Pirates season
    2012 Tie: Orioles season, Nationals season
  • 31.9%
    Instant improvement

    With the goal of improving the game through the use of available technology, Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association, agreed to an expanded instant replay system in 2014. All reviews were conducted at the Replay Command Center at MLBAM headquarters in New York.

  • 26.2%
    Farewell, Captain

    Following 14 All-Star Games and five World Series crowns, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter opted to end his illustrious career. But before doing so, the Bronx Bombers' captain was lauded throughout the baseball community for his contributions to the game.

  • 23.3%
    Royals return to postseason

    The Royals returned to the postseason for the first time since their World Series championship-winning 1985 campaign, capturing the top Wild Card spot in the American League and reaching Game 7 of the Fall Classic. Kansas City ended the drought with a dazzling defense, a shutdown bullpen and a core of strong position players.

  • 8.2%
    Ice Bucket Challenge

    From All-Stars to team executives to fans, the baseball community joined forces during the summer to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -- a movement that raised money and awareness for the deadly illness often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  • 5.4%
    Thank you, Commissioner

    In his final season as the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Allan H. (Bud) Selig was honored by many for his countless contributions to the game. And in the first step toward passing the baton of his position, Selig watched as Robert D. Manfred Jr. was elected unanimously by baseball's owners to serve as the next Commissioner, starting in January 2015.

  • 5.0%
    A White Sox legend

    An All-Star on and off the field of play, first baseman Paul Konerko closed the book on an impressive career spent almost entirely on the South Side of Chicago. The longtime White Sox slugger retired with 439 home runs, 1,412 RBIs and the utmost respect of many throughout the game.

  • Hitting Performance Of the Year

    Baseball's best efforts from the batter's box
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    Hitting Performance of the Year

    2014 Lonnie Chisenhall (5-for-5, 3 HR, 2B, 3 R, 9 RBIs)
    2013 Mike Trout (Cycle, 2 R, 5 RBIs, SB)
    2012 Josh Hamilton (4 HR, 2B, 8 RBIs)
    2011 Derek Jeter (5-for-5, HR for 3,000th hit)
    2010 NA
    2009 NA
    2008 NA
    2007 NA
    2006 Albert Pujols (3 HR w. walk-off)
    2005 Alex Rodriguez (3 HR, 10 RBIs)
    2004 Bill Mueller (grand slams both sides of plate)
  • 54.8%
    Chisenhall's career night
    5-for-5, 3 HR, 2B, 3 R, 9 RBIs, June 9 at TEX

    Lonnie Chisenhall put together one of the greatest single-game performances in baseball history, homering three times in a 5-for-5, nine-RBI night. In doing so, he became the first player in the past 100 years to record three long balls, five hits and nine runs batted in without making an out in a game.

  • 12.3%
    Sixth sense
    6-for-6, HR, 3 2B, 4 R, 5 RBIs, April 4 vs. ARI

    Charlie Blackmon wowed against Arizona in a big way, becoming the first man since at least 1914 with a homer and three doubles in a six-hit effort. The outfielder also had five RBIs and scored four times in the game.

  • 10.6%
    Triple the fun
    4-for-5, 3 3B, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBIs, July 25 at SF

    Yasiel Puig completed a feat with his feet, racing around the bases for three triples and one double on a single summer night. In doing so, the precocious outfielder tallied 11 total bases and became the first Dodger since Opening Day 1901 with a trio of three-baggers in the same contest.

  • 8.3%
    Gold standard
    4-for-5, 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 R, 6 RBIs, BB, May 17 vs. LAD

    Paul Goldschmidt was an offensive powerhouse in this May game, matching a team mark with four extra-base hits. The power display, which saw the slugger belt two long balls among his four knocks, contributed to a six-RBI, five-run day.

  • 5.3%
    Welcome back, Cuddyer
    4-for-5 (cycle), HR, 3B, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBIs, Aug. 17 vs. CIN

    The Rockies' Michael Cuddyer showed he was no worse for the wear during his first day back from a long disabled-list stint, tallying the only cycle seen in baseball during 2014. In doing so, he became just the third player ever to complete the feat in both leagues.

  • 5.1%
    Abreu's grand game
    3-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBIs, April 25 vs. TB

    Jose Abreu punctuated his inaugural month in the Majors in walk-off fashion, belting a grand slam during a two-homer, six-RBI showing. The second shot, the Cuban's ninth overall, set a rookie mark for April. Abreu also tallied his 27th overall RBI, matching the most by a first-year player in a season's opening month.

  • 3.5%
    Dee you see that?
    5-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 3 SB, May 3 at MIA

    Dee Gordon dominated at the plate and on the basepaths against the Marlins, going 5-for-6 with two RBIs, two runs and three steals. In doing so, the 26-year-old became the first Dodgers player since 1900 -- and the seventh for any team since 2000 -- with at least five hits and three swipes in a single contest.

  • Pitching Performance Of the Year

    The season's greatest gems from 60 feet, 6 inches away
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    Pitching Performance of the Year

    2014 Clayton Kershaw (no-hitter)
    2013 Tim Lincecum (no-hitter)
    2012 Matt Cain (perfect game)
    2010 Armando Galarraga (near perfect game)
    2009 Mark Buehrle (perfect game)
    2008 Jon Lester (no-hitter)
    2007 Clay Buchholz (no-hitter)
    2006 NA
    2005 NA
    2004 Randy Johnson (perfect game)
  • 72.8%
    W, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K, June 18 vs. COL

    In perhaps the premier performance of his season for the ages, Clayton Kershaw completed the first no-hitter of his career. Fanning 15 Rockies, the left-hander would have pitched a perfect game if not for a defensive error in the seventh frame.

  • 9.1%
    Rare Jordan
    W, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, Sept. 28 vs. MIA

    Jordan Zimmermann saved his best start for the regular-season finale, no-hitting the Marlins in a 10-strikeout gem. In doing so, the right-hander registered the Nationals' first no-hitter since the franchise arrived in Washington in 2005.

  • 5.9%
    Giant feat
    W, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, June 25 vs. SD

    Tim Lincecum harkened back to his heyday and again etched his name in the history books, no-hitting the Padres for the second time in as many seasons. The veteran right-hander barely missed a perfect game, walking only one batter.

  • 3.6%
    A grand finale
    SV, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, World Series Game 7 at KC, Oct. 29

    Madison Bumgarner sealed San Francisco's third title in five seasons during World Series Game 7, tossing five scoreless frames to earn his first big league save. In scattering just a pair of hits on two days' rest, the southpaw cemented his place in October lore.

  • 3.3%
    Bumgarner's one-hit gem
    W, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K, Aug. 26 vs. COL

    Madison Bumgarner was brilliant in a one-hitter against the Rockies, finishing with 13 strikeouts and no walks. The left-hander flirted with immortality in the contest, as he allowed no baserunners until the eighth inning.

  • 3.2%
    Beckett's brilliant outing
    W, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K, May 25 at PHI

    Josh Beckett turned back the clock and displayed his vintage self, allowing nary a base knock to the Phillies on the road. In doing so, the 34-year-old became the oldest hurler to toss a no-hitter since Randy Johnson in 2004.

  • 2.0%
    Brotherly effort
    W, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 12 K, Sept. 1 at ATL

    Four Phillies hurlers joined forces in a Labor Day matinee, no-hitting the Braves in a brotherly effort. Cole Hamels went six innings before watching relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon pitch three perfect frames.

  • Oddity Of the Year

    The season's most curious moments
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    Oddity of the Year

    2014 Brewers offense (three score on same wild pitch)
    2013 Todd Helton and Evan Longoria (hidden-ball tricks)
    2012 Michael Morse (pantomime homer)
    2011 Ryan Braun (stumbles around 3rd)
    2010 Roy Oswalt (plays left field)
    2009 Phillies father-daughter (girl throws ball back)
    2008 Johnny Damon (ball stuck on fence)
    2007 Cameraman
    2006 Sean Casey (thrown out at first)
    2005 Pedro Martinez (sprinkler)
    2004 Jason Michaels (bobbles HR)
    2003 Ozzy Osbourne ('Take Me Out to the Ballgame')
    2002 Mark Grace (relief effort)
  • 24.4%
    Wild pitch scores three
    June 21 at COL

    The Brewers ran wild on the basepaths, scoring thrice following an errant pitch from Rockies hurler Christian Friedrich. The baffling bases-clearing play was the first of its kind in the big leagues since June 2001, when three Rangers scored on an off-the-mark A's offering.

  • 14.7%
    Backup backstop wins marathon game
    July 29 vs. COL

    Second-string catcher John Baker showed his stuff 60 feet, 6 inches away from his normal spot on the field during a marathon extra-innings game, tossing a hitless frame in the 16th. The catcher came through in the clutch during the inning's bottom half, scoring the game-ending run on a Starlin Castro sacrifice fly.

  • 14.4%
    Dunn's mound debut
    Aug. 5 vs. TEX

    Known for his presence at the plate, Adam Dunn took his power from the batter's box to the mound. The 6-foot-6 White Sox slugger stepped on the hill with 457 career homers -- the highest total for any player in his pitching debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • 14.2%
    Harrison's great escape
    June 27 vs. NYM

    In the 10th inning of a game he would later win with a walk-off double, Josh Harrison showed stellar moves on the basepaths. The utility man used six changes of direction and a pair of dives to the ground to successfully evade being tagged out in a rundown.

  • 10.9%
    Out of right field
    Aug. 5 at CLE

    A Yan Gomes double ended in an out for the Indians, as David Murphy was ultimately nabbed off third base. The outfielder had inched toward home after mistaking an astray second baseball -- on the field thanks to an errant throw from the Reds' bullpen -- as the pearly white in play.

  • 8.1%
    Dodgers' defensive wall
    Aug. 29 at SD

    The Dodgers deployed a unique shift in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Padres, placing four men on the right side of a drawn-in infield. The defensive wall worked, as San Diego's Seth Smith grounded into a 4-2 fielder's choice.

  • 6.0%
    A woman wanders
    Oct. 1 at PIT

    During the NL Wild Card Game, cameras spotted a woman wearing a Pirates jersey in the Giants' dugout, bewildering fans and a security officer alike. It actually wasn't a big mystery -- she had a credential for behind-the-scenes access and was attempting to speak to a media representative -- but it was unexpected nevertheless.

  • 4.2%
    Double dip with Sipp
    June 9 at ARI

    For the first time in his career, Tony Sipp accomplished the rare feat of pitching twice in the same game. The southpaw recorded 1 1/3 scoreless frames before moving to the outfield for one batter, only to return to notch a strikeout of slugger Miguel Montero.

  • 2.4%
    Thorn in A's side
    Sept. 20 at OAK

    Jerome Williams put his name on an odd page in the history books, becoming the first hurler to beat an opponent three times in the same season as a member of three different clubs. The right-hander thrice topped the A's in 2014, doing so in Astros, Rangers and Phillies garb.

  • 0.7%
    Out of left field
    April 24 at WSH

    Andrew Cashner proved to be a team player in an April extra-innings affair, entering the game late as a defensive replacement. The Padres' Opening Day starter spent just one-third of an inning in left field, exiting after one batter as part of a double switch.

  • Walk-Off Of the Year

    The season's greatest game-ending moments
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    Walk-Off of the Year

    2014 Derek Jeter (Single in final career home game)
    2013 Giancarlo Stanton (Scored on wild pitch to seal Henderson Alvarez's no-hitter)
    2012 Chipper Jones (Final HR of big league career)
    2011 Evan Longoria (HR clinches playoff berth)
  • 48.0%
    A night 2 remember
    Sept. 25 vs. BAL

    Derek Jeter stamped an exclamation point on the end of his Yankee Stadium career, slashing an opposite-field walk-off single during his final game in the Bronx. Upon doing so, the Yankees' captain was lauded on the field by teammates past and present, as well as showered with deafening cheers from fans in the stands.

  • 8.5%
    A dashing victory
    Sept. 15 vs. CWS

    Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore led the Royals to a key September win, as both sped home after entering as pinch-runners. Gore secured the walk-off win after scampering in from second base on a ground ball.

  • 8.4%
    A grand ending
    June 30 vs. OAK

    The Tigers opened the day by honoring the 30th anniversary of their 1984 World Series championship-winning team, and they ended it with a walk-off grand slam from Rajai Davis. Because the long ball came with Detroit down by three in its final at-bat, it qualified as an "ultimate grand slam" -- the 28th in MLB history.

  • 7.0%
    Troutstanding ending
    May 15 vs. TB

    Back-to-back AL MVP Award runner-up Mike Trout added to his burgeoning legacy with one swing of the bat, belting a walk-off long ball against the Rays. The homer represented the star outfielder's first career game-ending hit.

  • 6.3%
    May 21 vs. DET

    The Indians won in rare fashion, scoring the game-ending run on a walk-off balk. The ending, which came in the 13th inning, marked the first event of its kind since the White Sox prevailed on a balk-off against the Royals in July 2011.

  • 5.5%
    Twin taters top Minnesota
    June 18 vs. MIN

    Deadlocked in a scoreless showdown through nine frames, the Red Sox allowed the Twins to take a one-run lead in the top of the 10th. The home team responded powerfully, however, as David Ortiz and Mike Napoli belted back-to-back long balls in the bottom of the inning to secure Boston a walk-off win.

  • 5.3%
    May 27 vs. BAL

    Yovani Gallardo is primarily paid to pitch, but he certainly has proven capable of contributing at the plate. Called off the bench to hit in the 10th inning, the right-hander became the first hurler with a walk-off pinch-hit in more than 10 years.

  • 5.2%
    Walk-off on review
    May 6 vs. SF

    Starling Marte's ninth-inning ball off the wall ended a Pirates game in exciting fashion, as the speedy outfielder tripled and scored on an errant throw. Initially ruled out, Marte was awarded home upon umpire review in New York.

  • 4.3%
    Angelic ending
    Aug. 9 vs. BOS

    After playing the equivalent of more than two full games, the Angels were able to walk off the field victorious following an Albert Pujols homer in the 19th inning. The game-ending shot concluded the longest contest in the history of Angel Stadium at 6 hours and 31 minutes.

  • 1.5%
    Yes way, Jose
    April 25 vs. TB

    Jose Abreu helped punctuate an impressive first month in the Majors, powering a game-ending grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning. The homer was the slugger's second of the night and ninth of the month -- a rookie record for April.

  • Cut4 Topic Of the Year

    The season's top-trending moments
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    Cut4 Topic of the Year

    2014 Red Sox fan (act of kindness)
    2013 Munenori Kawasaki (postgame speech)
    2012 Bryce Harper ('That's a clown question, bro')
    2011 Diamondbacks fan (shows maturity)
    2010 Bo "The Bailer" Wydler (avoids foul ball)
  • 33.5%
    Boy gifts baseball
    Sept. 5 vs. TOR

    A boy showed off his benevolent side at Fenway Park, giving a foul ball to a girl sitting behind him. The random act of kindness, caught on camera, resulted in an in-game interview that made everyone a winner.

  • 17.8%
    Aug. 3 at NYM

    A baseball craze was born in the Big Apple, where Hunter Pence played a weekend set at Citi Field. Fans came out to the ballpark with absurdist signs designed to poke fun at the Giants outfielder, who replied to the ribbings in a good-natured fashion.

  • 10.0%
    Royal treatment
    Aug. 9-18 vs. multiple teams

    SungWoo Lee of South Korea has rooted for the Royals since the 1990s. So when the super fan finally made his way to Kansas City in 2014, the club hosted a warm welcoming party that included everything from free memorabilia to a ceremonial-first-pitch opportunity.

  • 9.1%
    50 Cent throw
    May 27 vs. PIT

    Superstar Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field that won't soon be forgotten. It wasn't because Jackson unleashed a 95 mph fastball or a dynamite curve, but because his throw soared wide left by a considerable margin. The hip-hop icon, however, was able to laugh off the errant offering.

  • 8.9%
    Captain's call
    Sept. 7 vs. KC

    For years, Derek Jeter has answered the proverbial call on and off the field of play. But on Derek Jeter Day, the Yankees shortstop did so in literal fashion, answering a reporter's ringing phone during his postgame news conference.

  • 7.5%
    Cans of popcorn
    ATL: Sept. 19 vs. NYM; PIT: April 4 vs. STL

    Two fans used popcorn buckets to complete incredible catches in 2014. The first great grab came in Pittsburgh during April, when a man fended off competition and flying kernels to secure a baseball. The second play was made in Atlanta during September, when a Braves aficionado lost some of his buttery snack to snag a souvenir.

  • 6.3%
    Rizzo's gift homers
    July 22 vs. SD

    Anthony Rizzo acted like an All-Star on and off the field one July night, hitting two home runs with a special friend in mind. The first baseman belted the long balls at the behest of Mike Kasallis, a 22-year-old fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

  • 3.8%
    May 17 vs. TOR

    A young fan grabbed a baseball that had been tossed out of play and immediately offered the gift to a girl sitting behind him, seemingly making her day. There was, however, a catch, as the boy appeared to use a sleight-of-hand move to provide a ball that had not come from the field.

  • 1.5%
    2 cute
    Aug. 27 at DET

    Derek Jeter was honored during a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park, but it was the shortstop's nephew who stole the show. Adorned in a Yankees No. 2 jersey, the youngster elicited laughter from many after doffing his cap to the crowd.

  • 1.4%
    Hole-y mackerel
    June 19 vs. HOU

    In one of the season's most unique events caught on camera, Matt Joyce belted the batting-practice equivalent of a hole in one. The Rays outfielder fouled a pitching-machine offering off the top of the cage and back into the apparatus' chute, resulting in an unexpected followup fastball.

  • Postseason Play

    The postseason's most dazzling defensive efforts
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    Postseason Play of the Year

    2014 Joe Panik (dive to start double play)
  • 47.0%
    No Panik
    World Series Game 7 at KC, Oct. 29

    With World Series Game 7 tied in the third inning, Giants second baseman Joe Panik robbed the Royals' Eric Hosmer of a hit with a diving stop and a glove flip that led to a double play. Just one out was called initially due to a safe ruling at first base, but an instant-replay review confirmed that San Francisco had indeed turned two.

  • 17.2%
    ALCS Game 3 vs. BAL, Oct. 14

    The Royals were regarded as postseason darlings thanks in large part to the manner in which they connected with their long-suffering fans. At home for ALCS Game 3, third baseman Mike Moustakas made that outreach in a unique fashion -- tumbling face-first into the stands for one of October's most iconic catches.

  • 10.0%
    Cain's diving catch
    ALCS Game 2 at BAL, Oct. 11

    Lorenzo Cain amazed everyone in attendance with his catch of J.J. Hardy's opposite-field knock in ALCS Game 2. The outfielder exhibited remarkable range, dashing into right-center field and making a full-extension dive to secure the baseball.

  • 7.9%
    Pence's fence grab
    NLDS Game 4 vs. WSH, Oct. 7

    Right fielder Hunter Pence displayed little regard for his body during the sixth inning of the Giants' NLDS-clinching win, slamming back-first into AT&T Park's chain-link fence to snare a line drive.

  • 6.5%
    Orioles' dazzling double play
    ALDS Game 2 vs. DET, Oct. 3

    In Game 2 of the ALDS, three Orioles combined to turn a spectacular around-the-horn double play, as third baseman Ryan Flaherty's dive to his left, Jonathan Schoop's quick throw from second base and Steve Pearce's stretch nabbed Miguel Cabrera just before his foot hit the first-base bag.

  • 6.4%
    Gordon's wall ball
    ALCS Game 4 vs. BAL, Oct. 15

    Alex Gordon made several impressive catches in the Royals' ALCS Game 4 win, arguably none more impressive than his lunging grab of a fifth-inning fly ball that he secured before crashing into the left-field fence.

  • 2.7%
    Dyson's double play
    ALDS Game 2 at LAA, Oct. 3

    Jarrod Dyson's stellar speed allowed him to easily reach Chris Iannetta's fly ball to left-center field in the eighth inning of a tied ALDS Game 2. After doing so, he set up and fired a one-hopper to third base to nab Collin Cowgill for a key double play.

  • 2.2%
    Sandoval's somersault snag
    NL Wild Card Game at PIT, Oct. 1

    Displaying a great deal of grace during the Giants' Wild Card Game win, Pablo Sandoval caught a ball by the Pirates' dugout railing before somersaulting out of play. The Giants third baseman landed upright following the acrobatic seventh-inning catch.

  • Postseason Walk-Off

    The postseason's most memorable endings
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    Postseason Walk-Off of the Year

    2014 Travis Ishikawa (home run to clinch NLCS)
  • 44.2%
    Walk-off down memory lane
    NLCS Game 5 vs. STL, Oct. 16

    Travis Ishikawa evoked memories of the 1951 Giants' indelible pennant-winning moment with one of his own, powering San Francisco to the World Series for the third time in five seasons. Just as Bobby Thomson did 63 seasons prior, Ishikawa punched the Fall Classic ticket with a three-run, ninth-inning long ball.

  • 38.8%
    Wild ending spurs Royals
    AL Wild Card Game vs. OAK, Sept. 30

    The Royals' first postseason game since 1985 included two late-inning comebacks and ended in walk-off fashion, as Salvador Perez's 12th-inning single vs. the A's ignited a Kansas City October run that saw the club sweep its way to the World Series.

  • 13.0%
    Joltin' Kolten's big long ball
    NLCS Game 2 vs. SF, Oct. 12

    The Cardinals won NLCS Game 2 in wild fashion, as second baseman Kolten Wong powered a walk-off long ball against the eventual World Series-champion Giants. The exciting ending capped a dramatic evening that saw a contest-tying pinch-hit home run from Oscar Taveras in the seventh inning and an eighth-inning blast from Matt Adams.

  • 4.0%
    Good will bunting
    NLCS Game 3 vs. STL, Oct. 14

    San Francisco concluded NLCS Game 3 with some small ball and 10th-inning fortune when shortstop Brandon Crawford scored from second base on an errant throw. The contest-ending play, which started with a Gregor Blanco bunt, reached its climactic point when St. Louis side-winder Randy Choate's toss to first sailed wide.

  • Postseason Storyline

    The postseason's best angles
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    Postseason Storyline of the Year

    2014 Royals' postseason success
  • 44.5%
    Wild win sparks Royals' run
    AL Wild Card vs. OAK, Sept. 30

    Trailing by four runs in the eighth, the Royals mounted a thrilling comeback in the AL Wild Card Game that culminated with Salvador Perez's walk-off single in the 12th. The victory sparked an MLB-record eight-game winning streak to start the postseason, as the Royals' bullpen and defense dominated throughout October.

  • 30.2%
    Lords of the ring
    World Series Game 7 at KC, Oct. 29

    In the Fall Classic finale, Joe Panik's defensive gem preserved a tie before a Michael Morse hit put the Giants ahead. Madison Bumgarner then added to his October legend, tossing five scoreless relief frames on two days' rest -- following his Game 5 shutout -- and stranding Alex Gordon at third in the ninth to seal San Francisco's third title since '10.

  • 11.3%
    A Giant feat
    NLCS Game 5 vs. STL, Oct. 16

    Evoking memories of Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951, Travis Ishikawa became the second Giants player to belt a pennant-clinching homer. Ishikawa was not the lone hero of NLCS Game 5, as Michael Morse overcame a lingering oblique injury to tie the contest with a pinch-hit eighth-inning blast off All-Star Pat Neshek.

  • 10.9%
    Belt's belt caps marathon
    NLDS Game 2 at WSH, Oct. 4

    With a 1-0 lead in NLDS Game 2, Nationals manager Matt Williams elected to pull starter Jordan Zimmermann, who had been one out from a complete game. The move paved the way for Pablo Sandoval's game-tying double and -- nine innings later -- Brandon Belt's game-winning homer, which capped the 18-inning marathon.

  • 3.0%
    Cardinals clip Clayton
    NLDS Game 4 vs. LAD, Oct. 7; NLDS Game 1 at LAD, Oct. 3

    Clayton Kershaw is widely viewed as one of baseball's best pitchers, but the southpaw struggled vs. the Cardinals during the NLDS. St. Louis tagged him for eight runs in the series-opening contest and dinged him once more in the deciding Game 4 -- thanks in large part to a three-run, seventh-inning homer from Matt Adams. Comments
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