For the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants have done it again on the last day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The Giants have won their eighth World Series championship and denied the Kansas City Royals their first World Series championship since 1985. The Giants )who finished with a 88-74 record) were the 5th seeded team in the National League going into the post-season are the lowest seeded team to win the World Series.
The Giants defeat the Royals, 3 to 2 in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. The Giants eliminate the Royals, four games to three! In the bottom of the 9th inning, with a runner on third base, the Royals were one runner on base short of tying the game as they were on their final strike.#40
Madison Bumgarner (Starting Pitcher) who was named 2014 National League Championship Series MVP was named 2014 World Series MVP! During the last three of seven games in the World Series that he played, he pitched an average of 7 innings, scored a total of 9 home runs, made 17 strikeouts and .76 ERA. In the last five games during his World Series career, he made 4 starts with a 5-0 record, a .25 ERA with a .121 OPP average.
He also gets the keys to his 2015 Chevrolet Colorado! Congrats to Madison Bumgarner on all of the hard work that he put on all season long.
The World Series championship is also the 10th championship overall for Bruce Bochy as general manager of the Giants. He is both the first foreign-born general manager to reach and win the World Series. The last time this happened was in 1998.
Average time of the World Series was 3 hours and 23 minutes with an average attendance record of 41,569.
With the 2014 World Series coming to a close, today was Bud Selig's last day as Commissioner of Baseball after 22 seasons. Starting tomorrow, he steps down from his role as Commissioner as he will retire. on 25 January 2015, Rob Manfred will take over as the 10th Commissioner of Baseball. He was elected as Commissioner on 14 August 2014. Prior to this, he has worked full-time for Major League Baseball since 1998. During the day of the election, after falling one vote short of the 23 vote (3/4 super-majority) threshold on the first two ballots, he was elected on the third ballot. This was baseball's first contested commissioner election in 46 years.
Now, with Major League Baseball going on hibernation into the off-season, the 2014 MLB regular season lasted 221 days with the first regular season game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia. If you include Spring Training, the entire season lasted a total of 245 days with the very first exhibition game between Florida Southern and the Detroit Tigers.
With all of that said, congratulations once again to the San Francisco Giants - champions of baseball world for the third time in the last five years!