Show some love for your favorite home-run hitting pitcher – Madison Bumgarner
Madison Kyle Bumgarner, commonly known by his label, “MadBum”, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He stands 6 feet 5 inches high and weighs 250 pounds. Bumgarner has actually won 3 World Series championships (2010, 2012, 2014) and 2 Silver Slugger Awards (2014, 2015). He has also been picked to 4 National League All-Star groups and is the Giants’ strikeout leader by a left-handed pitcher in the San Francisco era.
Bumgarner played high school baseball at South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina, where he helped his team win the 2007 4A State Championship. After finishing, he was picked with the tenth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. In his first year playing professionally, 2008, he won the South Atlantic League pitching triple crown. He and Buster Posey both made their Major League debuts in 2009, and they are thought about one of the best batteries in Major League history based on their young age and early success in their careers. By throwing 8 scoreless innings in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series, he became the youngest left-handed pitcher to achieve the task and helped win the franchise’s first World Series in San Francisco and first since 1954.
Following among the most dominant postseason and World Series pitching performances in modern MLB history, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series, the 2014 Babe Ruth Award winner, the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, and the 2014 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
The San Francisco Giants chose Bumgarner tenth overall in the first round of the 2007 MLB draft. Entering into the draft, Baseball America had actually ranked him as the 14th best prospect overall. He was the first high school pitcher to be selected by the Giants on their first pick since Matt Cain in 2002, and the first left-handed pitcher chosen in the first round by the organization since Noah Lowry in 2001.
On April 9, 2016 at AT&T Park, Bumgarner matched up with Clayton Kershaw less than a year after hitting his first home run off of Kershaw, and Bumgarner hit another one into the left-field seats in nearly exactly the same area. Since the 2014 season, Bumgarner, Troy Tulowitzki, and Daniel Murphy are the only 3 players to have actually homered off of Kershaw numerous times. Over Kershaw’s last twenty-seven starts, Kershaw has allowed 2 of his eleven home runs to Bumgarner.
From April 20th to June 20th, Bumgarner made twelve successive starts allowing 2 earned runs or less, which tied Fred Anderson for the third longest streak in Giants history since 1913.
On June 30, in a 12-6 win over the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Bumgarner was started at pitcher pinching hit himself in an American League ballpark, the very first time this was purposefully performed in the Majors since 1976, according to SportsCenter, and only the fifth time since the development of the designated hitter rule in 1973. He went 1 for 4, opening the third inning with a double and starting a six-run rally.
On July 10 at AT&T Park, in a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bumgarner pitched his fourth career total game one-hit shutout and third career game by striking out fourteen batters, tying his career-high and extending his record, consisting of striking out a career-high nine batters by means of his curveball. Bumgarner’s four career one-hitters are the most by a Giants pitcher in the last one hundred years, not bettered since Christy Mathewson’s six career one-hitters. Bumgarner struck out eleven batters through 5 innings, also a career-high. He also carried a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings up until it was broken up by Jake Lamb. Bumgarner tied Christy Mathewson for second all-time in franchise history in double-digit strikeout games. According to SportsCenter, Bumgarner is the 4th pitcher in the last 3 seasons to carry at least 3 no-hit bids into the seventh inning or further. The others are Jake Arrieta with four, and Max Scherzer and Marco Estrada who have 3 each. According to Fox Sports at the All-Star break, Bumgarner’s 1.94 ERA was the lowest by any Giants pitcher since 1983.
On July 31 at AT&T Park, in a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals and in support of fellow rotation mate Matt Cain’s one hundredth career win, Bumgarner pinch-hit for him after Cain tossed five no-hit innings on ninety-three pitches. Bumgarner would hit an opposite-field leadoff double off the bricks, ending up being the first Giants pitcher to record a pinch-hit double in a pitch-hitting look since Ray Sadecki did so in 1967, according to CSN Bay Area. The Giants inserted pinch-runner and another fellow rotation mate Jeff Samardzija, who would score later in the inning, marking the first occurrence in a San Francisco Giants game that a pinch-hitting pitcher reached base, was substituted for by a pinch-running pitcher, and scored a run.
On August 18 at AT&T Park, in a 10-7 win over the New York Mets, Bumgarner became the second pitcher in the contemporary era after Hal Jeffcoat of the 1957 Cincinnati Redlegs to allow a grand slam and then hit a consent home run in the very same inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bumgarner gave up a grand slam to future colleague Justin Ruggiano in the top of the 4th inning and proceeded to hit a two-run home run off of Jacob deGrom in the bottom of the fourth inning.
On August 23 at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner struck out Los Angeles Dodgers batter Rob Segedin for his two hundredth strikeout of the season, ending up being the first left-handed pitcher in Giants franchise history to achieve the task for 3 straight seasons, and tying Christy Mathewson for second all-time behind Amos Rusie, Juan Marichal, and Tim Lincecum’s 4.
On September 3 at Wrigley Field, in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs, Bumgarner won his second game of the season dealing with the eventual World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and out-dueled their defending Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, who just like Bumgarner is also a prospect again for the award this season. Bumgarner struck out 10 batters and walked no one, notching his thirtieth career double-digit strikeout game, going beyond Christy Mathewson’s twenty-nine for second place in Giants franchise history behind only former rotation mate Tim Lincecum’s thirty-six.
On September 20 at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner struck out ten Los Angeles Dodgers batters and walked nobody, extending his franchise record and at the same time struck out his two-hundredth and thirty-fifth batter of the season, which broke his own San Francisco Giants single-season strikeout record by a left-handed pitcher for the third successive year. In addition to striking out his 240th batter of the season, he broke a Giants all-time franchise record for strikeouts in a single season by a left-handed pitcher that lasted 118 years. The former record holder Cy Seymour struck out 239 batters in 1898, leading the National League for the second consecutive year, and Bumgarner finished the night with 241 for the season. In his next start on September 24 at Petco Park versus the San Diego Padres, by striking out Jon Jay for his 245th batter of the season, Bumgarner broke the previous record. He also registered his ninth career multi-hit game, including a career-high 2 doubles.
On September 30 at AT&T Park, in a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bumgarner won his one hundredth career game. According to CSN Bay Area, at age 27 years and 60 days, he ended up being the third youngest pitcher in franchise history, the youngest left-handed pitcher, and the youngest in the San Francisco Era to reach the milestone. He broke Juan Marichal’s San Francisco turning point when Marichal was 27 years, 288 days old in 1965. Only Hal Schumacher (24 years and 234 days in 1938) and Christy Mathewson (24 years and 262 days in 1905) were more youthful. He became the seventh pitcher in the San Francisco Era to reach the turning point and the third Giant to win his one hundredth career game on the 2016 season, signing up with fellow rotation mates Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain. Bumgarner finished in fourth location for the National League Cy Young Award ballot by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, behind Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and Kyle Hendricks. He finished sixteenth in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting and was second among pitchers in ballot.
On October 5 at Citi Field, in a 3-0 win over the defending National League Champion New York Mets in the NL Wild Card Game, Bumgarner pitched his third career postseason complete game four-hit shutout to provide him the most career total game nothings in the history of the Wild Card Era with 2. Simply puts, he set the Major League record for most career complete game shutout wins in winner-take-all-games, the first and only pitcher to have more than one. Bumgarner’s third career postseason nothing ties him for second all-time behind Christy Mathewson’s 4. He also tied Tom Glavine’s Major League record with 6 career scoreless postseason starts and reduced his Major League career postseason road record to a microscopic 0.50 ERA.
On April 2 at Chase Field, versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bumgarner made his 4th consecutive Opening Day start, joining Juan Marichal and Tim Lincecum as the only three pitchers to make a minimum of four consecutive Opening Day begins in the San Francisco Era and the first left-handed pitcher to do so. In the top of the fifth, Bumgarner hit his second career home run off of Zack Greinke, which was the first home run by a National League player in the 2017 season. He became the fourth Giants pitcher to hit a home run on Opening Day, signing up with Mickey Welch (May 1, 1884), Larry Benton (April 18, 1929), and Johnny Antonelli (April 17, 1956). According to SportsCenter, with his home run off of Greinke, Bumgarner signed up with Carlos González and Joey Votto as the third player and the first pitcher to hit numerous home runs off of both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. The ball had an exit speed of 112.5 miles per hour, the hardest hit by a pitcher in the Statcast Era. After throwing 5 and a third perfect innings to begin the ballgame, he hit another home run. His first career multi-home run game made him the first pitcher in Major League history to hit a minimum of 2 home runs on Opening Day. He became the fifth latest Giant to hit two or more home runs on Opening Day, joining Bob Elliott in 1952, Willie Mays in 1964, Matt Williams in 1994, and Barry Bonds in 2002, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.
On April 21, it was exposed that Bumgarner had actually suffered injuries in a motorcycle mishap during an off-day in Denver. Injuries consisted of bruised ribs and an Air Conditioning sprain in his left shoulder, which landed him on the 10-day disabled list. A week later, the Giants validated expectations that Bumgarner would be not able to return to the mound till after the All-Star break, stating that he had a partial tear in his throwing shoulder.