February 28, 2021

Diamondbacks didn’t know Madison Bumgarner was competing in rodeos (ESPN)


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Diamondbacks knew Madison Bumgarner lives on a ranch but were unaware of his recently revealed side career as a rodeo participant.

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

Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said Monday he was aware Bumgarner was “a very strong horseman,” and added that even though he didn’t know about the rodeos, that knowledge wouldn’t have affected the team’s decision to sign the left-hander to an $85 million, five-year contract.

The GM said he wouldn’t comment on what the team will allow the 2014 World Series MVP to do in his spare time or any specifics of the contract or guarantee language.

“Madison’s a grown man and we know he’s committed to helping us achieve our goals as a team,” Hazen said. “Those have been the conversations that we’ve had from the time we first talked to him until very recently.”

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo called Bumgarner’s past rodeos “a non-issue” and said his new pitcher is a great teammate. The manager said he wants players to have outside lives but also remember what…

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