Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner had secret identity in rodeo

Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner had secret identity in rodeo

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After a bit of research, Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan of The Athletic deduced that Bumgarner, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, participates in various rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders.

Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, The Athletic reported on Sunday.

The Athletic asked the Diamondbacks if it was OK for their star pitcher to rope while under contract, and general manager Mike Hazen said that he would not get into specific contract language.

According to a report that emerged in The Athletic this weekend, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos in magic formula making use of a phony name.

"Madison's a grown man and we know he's committed to helping us achieve our goals as a team", Hazen said.

MLB Ace Secretly Competing in Rodeos Using Fake Name
Madison Bumgarner pitching for the San Francisco Giants in 2019

A pair weeks after his rodeo success, Bumgarner authorized a five-year, $85 million agreement with the Diamondbacks in December after playing his very first 11 Major League Baseball periods with the San FranciscoGiants Bumgarner, a four-time All-Star, won the World Series with the Giants in 2010, 2012 as well as 2014.

I'm not sure how many other players in the history of the game have that on their page at Baseball Reference, but this seems unique.

Bumgarner told the website he has discreetly competed in rodeos for a while, including in March of a year ago two days before pitching for the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League spring training game. He apologized at the time and called it a "stupid" decision that likely violated his contract, although the team is not believed to have pressed the issue with the four-time All-Star. The four-time All-Star has spent the time trying to recover from an injury he sustained when Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his left knee in May 2017.

For Bumgarner's sake, this has to be safer than dirt biking, right?

"This is the first I'm hearing of Mr. Saunders", Bochy said to reporters.

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