Last year, Royals fans were one person’s candidate for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award.
This year, the Royals are up for the award as a team.
Sports Illustrated on Wednesday announced “12 leading contenders for 2015 Sportsman of the Year.” The Royals are among the dozen candidates.
Richard Deitsch wrote of the Royals:
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“Fueled by a heartbreaking loss to the Giants in the 2014 World Series, the Royals played a thrilling brand of aggressive baseball on their way to winning their first World Series since 1985. They came-from-behind against the Astros in the ALDS, knocked off the Blue Jays in six games (in) the ALCS and finally rolled over the Mets, 4 games to 1.”
The other contenders: Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams, Jordan Spieth, American Pharoah, Lionel Messi, Novak Djokovic, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles and Thomas Davis.
For the first time, fan voting is included in the process (although how that will impact the eventual winner is not known). Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12, and the winner of the poll will be announced Dec. 13. The Sportsman of the Year will be announced Dec. 14.
And if this season has taught fans everywhere anything, it’s that Royals fans are good at this online voting thing.