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San Francisco Giants Win World Series Thanks to Madison Bumgarner’s Incredible Pitching Performances

Sorry Dodgers fans, for the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants are the kings of Major League Baseball.

Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings of relief, propelling Bruce Bochy’s squad to an instant-classic, 3-2, Game 7 win over the Kansas City Royals to capture the 2014 World Series.

En route to securing his third championship ring, the 25-year-old Bumgarner finished the historic Fall Classic with two of the Giants’ four wins, one save, one earned run in 21 innings and, unsurprisingly, the MVP award:

His 0.43 ERA was the lowest in a single World Series among pitchers with at least 15 innings since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax produced an 0.38 ERA for the 1965 Dodgers.

When the Giants won in 2010, Tim Lincecum, fresh from Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, was their ace. Then Matt Cain led them in ’12 and, now, Bumgarner.

The Giants become just the second National League club ever to win three World Series in a five-year span, joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1942, 1944 and 1946). And the first team to win three in a five-year span since the Yankees of 1996 through 2000.

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Joe Maddon to Be Hired as Chicago Cubs New Mannager, According to Report

Joe Maddon’s short stint as a free agent has seem come to an end. The former Tampa Bay Rays manager has reportedly found a new home with the Chicago Cubs.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Maddon will be hired by the club after spending nine years in Tampa Bay’s dugout.

Heyman provided details on Maddon’s contract situation: 

The contract, once finalized, is expected to make Maddon one of the highest-paid managers in baseball and quite likely the best-paid in the National League. Mike Scioscia’s Angels deal pays him $5 million annually, so he sets the standard.

Cubs president Theo Epstein has long been an admirer of Maddon, according to people close to the team. The Cubs intend to make a big splash in free agency, and this represents a big start.

No one was expecting Maddon to be available this winter. He ended the 2014 MLB season with the Rays having one more year on his contract. However, the 60-year-old exercised an opt-out clause in his deal.

As quirky as Maddon can be off the field, he’s been one of the best in the sport ever since taking over a franchise that was a laughingstock. He was an instrumental part in bringing the Rays out of their decade-long malaise.

Now, with his new gig, Maddon will have a chance to prove himself on a new stage.

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OSCAR TAVERAS: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS’ TOP PROSPECT DIES IN CAR CRASH AT AGE 22

Oscar Taveras was just competing in the NLCS ten days ago, and even hit a home run. Tonight, sad news is coming out of the Dominican Republic that Taveras has died in a car accident in his home country. Taveras’ agent confirmed the news, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez:

He had been called the best hitting prospect in the St. Louis organization since Albert Pujols before his call-up this year, though he had struggled in his first action in the majors, with a .239 batting average and only 3 home runs in the regular season.

“I think he can be a star,” Matheny said. “And I think he showed things all season long that showed that. He stepped into some big situations, a different role. He was very much into the competition and trying to figure out how he could help us. Yes, he wanted to play. Yes, he wanted to be the guy out there every day. He realizes he has some things to do to help make that happen.”

According to Dionisio Soldevila, Taveras’ girlfriend, 18 year old Edilio Arvelo, also died in the car accident.

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Royals Break Out and Take Game 2 of the World Series

The Kansas City Royals’ bats were going quiet at the worst time. They had scored just five total runs in the previous three games, including one in their loss in Game 1 of the World Series.

But Ned Yost’s squad equaled that number in the sixth inning alone Tuesday night, powering out 10 hits in a 7-2 Game 2 win to even the series at 1-1 against the San Francisco Giants.

Tied at one game apiece, the Fall Classic now heads to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday night. Jeremy Guthrie will take the bump for the Royals, while Tim Hudson starts for the Giants.

Each team has already displayed the ability to score in bunches. But considering Guthrie’s 2.31 ERA since the start of September and Hudson’s 13-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio this postseason, there’s a strong chance Game 3 develops into a pitcher’s duel.

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Madison Bumgarner Chugged Six Beers During Giants Celebration [Video]

Madison Bumgarner keeps one-upping himself as the Giants progress in the postseason. After his team defeated the Cardinals to make the World Series last night, the San Francisco pitcher poured six beers on his face while another person made a cocktail by adding champagne into the mix. If the Giants win the World Series, Bumgarner might need to do a full on keg-stand.

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Travis Ishikawa Walk Off Home Run Sends the Giants to the World Series [Video]

It will be the San Francisco Giants versus the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series, in a showdown of the two teams to advance from the Wild Card game. San Francisco did it, again, in improbable fashion. This time by getting home runs, something they had not done the entire post season.

Travis Ishikawa, who had only two home runs in the regular season in limited action, but has been playing left field for most of the playoffs, provided the final piece to a postseason surge that has involved contributions from just about everyone.

At the rate the Giants and Royals are going, you should expect just about anything–as long as it involves late inning drama.

[Video via MLB.com]

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