Neil Janowitz
December 08, 2014 AT 12:00 PM EST

In case anyone was worried that Royals fans were getting over the team’s heartbreaking World Series loss too quickly, our sportsy Time Inc brethren at SI just dumped a 6’5″, 235 lbs. pile of salt in the wound: They named Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, Destroyer of Team of Destiny Narratives, their 2014 Sportsman of the Year.

You can (and should) learn more about why they did so by watching the video above or reading this story. The tl;dr (or tl;dw) version is that he single-handedly imposed a hits embargo on opposing teams for the duration of this year’s MLB Playoffs. It was a historic feat, and for it he’s being properly fêted.

On a personal note: Milwaukee Brewers in 2015.

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