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Best Giant 

Madison Bumgarner

24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415-972-2000
In the easiest assignment of this edition, Madison Bumgarner, folk hero, is this year’s Best Giant. The left-handed starter, who boasts an origin story befitting Davy Crockett, pitched San Francisco to last year’s World Series title as single-handedly as any man can accomplish anything single-handedly in the game of baseball. His postseason performance equaled — and exceeded — those of the game’s long-dead aces of the deadball era and his five-inning save in Game 7 pushed him into hallowed territory heretofore only inhabited by Sandy Koufax. And he’s just 25.


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