This is not a joke: Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and even won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December.
Bumgarner has discretely competed in rodeos for a while, including in March of last year two days before pitching for the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League spring training game.Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and even won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, according to a story published Sunday by The Athletic. Bumgarner told the website he has discretely competed in rodeos for a while, including in March of last year two days before pitching for the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League spring training game. He has been roping since he was 15 or 16 years old and said he’s been at it so long that “it’s just part of who you are.” The 2014 World Series MVP agreed to an $85 million, five-year contract with the Diamondbacks in December, about two weeks after winning the rodeo competition in Wickenburg, Arizona. Bumgarner infamously injured his shoulder in 2017 in a dirt bike accident and missed three months of San Francisco’s season. He apologized at the time and called it a “stupid” decision that likely violated his contract, although the Giants are not believed to have pressed the issue with the four-time All-Star. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told The Athletic he was “not going to get into discussing specific contract language” when asked about Bumgarner’s hobby. Photos of Bumgarner roping were posted to the Facebook page for Rancho Rio in Wickenburg. Bumgarner — a right-handed roper — said he’s often recognized at rodeo events, but he’s maintained the alias to keep his profile low. He formed the Mason Saunders moniker by shortening his first name and adopting his wife’s maiden name as the surname. “Something for my wife to call me when we were out in public to keep people from recognizing me,” Bumgarner said. “But you’re going to ruin that for me.” Bumgarner disputed a widespread narrative that he signed with Arizona “just to have my horses,” but did acknowledge it was a benefit. He also said he may pursue roping more rigorously after his baseball playing days are done. More from Sportsnet Read more: Sportsnet
Legitimately hilarious that this is true, the most Madison Bumgarner thing I’ve ever seen in my life JMPTrillOG This man is a real life Duke Silver I’m broken he left me 😭😭😭 my SFGiants player! He has moved on so I must as well 😢😭😭🤣🤣 best to him love 💕 madbum fo sho country cowboy 🤠 hard to see him in that uniform 🤨😝
ajuarez413 This is better than that Ron Mexico story... Of course every media outlet feels compelled to post it, thus ending his rodeo events without media scrutiny.... way to be a buzz kill for him. Maybe he should focus on his floundering baseball career.. You donated those rodeo winnings to charity, right?
It's pretty bad ass MintyBets aka_bazata lol mad bum
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BrandanPeterson SteveBalkouras Rodeo headline: Mason Saunders has been competing in baseball games under the alias Madison Bumgarner and even won a 3 World Series titles. connormdoran Jeff_Golonka this is amazing rodger How have you not been ALL over this already?! Is he the heel roper? What. Yes!!!!! Bet that’s why he s married to a steer
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This is cool but at least he wasn’t “cheating” eh astros. Is he the header, or the healer when he team ropes? If my name was Bumgarner I would also be using an alias. TylerIAm ColeyMick simperron I hear Reese McGuire admitted to roping under his steering wheel. I’ll see myself out. No wonder why he stayed in Arizona.
Contract violation is why the alias. And all Without having to cheat once. AstrosCheated Don’t MLB contracts have clauses against this? Considering MadBum’s injury history they need one.
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Me too my fake rodeo name is Mike Honcho FingerWizardry Friar4Evr UrchinHenderson Wild Saunders Number 40 jersey please. 😎 GODBACKS StephStMartin HUH? barstoolsports Starting9 Section10Pod Jared_Carrabis Someone should let Joe Buck know! EvanDonovan This is: The Madison Bumgarner story, IF TRUE, demonstrates that some people possess an innate athletic ability that is transferrable to many sports. Of course, few have so high a payoff-to-risk ratio as baseball!
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This is BrandonfrmNJ Explains why in the hell he would agree to come to AZ What a great teammate 🙄 , risking injury to take opportunities away from real financially struggling rodeo pros SFGiants keywestdanny wtf 😂 cj157005 lenardg08 🖕🏼 LBaron824 Someone should hog tie him.
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SimplyRF26 TY_kwondo TheShinerEffect Wouldn't that be against his contract MercerRobert how crazy is this? If he stinks in April, Dbacks will void his contract over this 🤣 Country Boy Can Survive Mad skillZ HLBRT10 Maybe that's one of the reasons the new Giants front office wasn't very anxious to give him another contract? We find it amusing but if you're paying a guy millions to pitch maybe it's not so hilarious.
Oconnellryan It's not a joke to Giant fans who paying money to watch him pitch. I will get money he never got hurt on a dirt bike.
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This is one of the coolest bits of information I've ever encountered. How is this not a breach of his contract? Didn’t he break his arm four wheeling last year? During the season.....? Kinda bullshit Madison Bumgarner’s sports agent and PR team scrambling to spin his double identity discovery. tmacroper you’d like this article
Dumbshit. San Fran could void his contract. Ok it's his hobby!?!? No biggie!!!!!! The biggest news since Wilt competed/dominated in a professional basketball league as a high school junior! Maybe.. Still impressive tho Hahaha that’s a riot actually...is that allowed under mlb contract? Would explain the injuries
Such a country boy. Sure miss him in SF Why does this not surprise me at all curranwalsh