Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner uses alias while competing in rodeos

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium

MLB Pitcher Madison Bumgarner Has Been Secretly Competing In Rodeo Events Under A Fake Name

The three-time World Series champion and 2014 World Series MVP then added: "But you're going to ruin that for me". 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.

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't know Madison Bumgarner had been competing in rodeo events under the alias "Mason Saunders". He said other players and teams knew about his hobby as a roper on horseback, but the media didn't until now.

Bumgarner confessed to The Athletic that he has discretely competed in rodeos for years, including last March, two days before pitching for the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League spring training game.

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Bumgarner, a well-known and avid nature lover, says he has been "tying, quot; since he was 15 or 16 years old".

He told The Athletic he uses a different name while competing so he doesn't draw too much attention to himself. They've just won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition, although the shorter man looks without emotion at the camera even as he holds an envelope full of cash.

The Athletic was the first to break the story, which was later confirmed when they showed him what they found: "Oh boy", Bumgarner said Sunday when shown the photo.

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Bumgarner is no stranger to risky hobbies.

A native of western North Carolina, Bumgarner grew up roping cows as a teenager and, at 30 a long time aged, the four-time All-Star is likely back again to his roots. I never do almost anything just for fun, per se. But taking the time to make up a fake name and enter rodeo competitions is next-level for MadBum.

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.

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