Bumgarner, who was named the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP, racked up a postseason ERA of 1.03 in 52 2/3 innings during the Giants' run to their third World Series championship in the past five seasons. Sports Illustrated named Bumgarner its 2014 Sportsman of the Year as well.
Bumgarner's memorable showing in Game 7 of the World Series -- five shutout innings and a save in relief on two days' rest -- cemented his October as one of the most dominant of all time.
Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.