Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos below an alias

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner is likely one of the biggest postseason pitchers of all time — and till the weekend, he quietly was having fun with one other interest.

Bumgarner, 30, instructed The Athletic that he had been utilizing the alias Mason Saunders to participate in rodeo occasions, explaining to the sports activities information web site he has been competing below the alias to attempt to not entice consideration.

The surname is from his spouse’s maiden identify. “Mason” is brief for “Madison,” which, Bumgarner stated to The Athletic, is “something for my wife to call me when we were out in public to keep people from recognizing me.”

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

In early December, Bumgarner gained $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competitors in Wickenburg, Arizona. Two pictures have been posted on Rancho Rio’s Facebook web page. One exhibits Bumgarner competing on horseback, whereas the opposite exhibits him after he earned his winnings, with the pitcher giving a smile within the blurry photograph.

‘Ruining my alias’

“Oh boy,” Bumgarner stated to The Athletic on Sunday, when proven a photograph of himself. “This is ruining my alias.”

A pair weeks after his rodeo success, Bumgarner signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December after enjoying his first 11 MLB seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner, a four-time All-Star, gained the World Series with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

In an interview with in 2016, Bumgarner, who grew up in rural North Carolina, stated he realized roping from his future father-in-law when he was round 15 or 16 years previous. He additionally stated on the time that rodeo might turn into greater than only a interest as soon as he retires from baseball.

The Athletic requested the Diamondbacks if it was OK for his or her star pitcher to rope whereas below contract, and basic supervisor Mike Hazen stated that he wouldn’t get into particular contract language.

Previously, when Bumgarner was with the Giants, he missed three months of the 2017 season after struggling a shoulder injury in a dust bike accident, on the time calling it “definitely not the most responsible decision” he had made.

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