Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, The Athletic reported on Sunday.
Photos emerged of Bumgarner roping on Facebook and although he does get recognized at events, he has been able to maintain a low profile.
Despite earning over $58,000,000 in his first 11 seasons in the MLB, Madison Bumgarner has a very unusual side hustle - a rodeo roper.
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He will receive some of the royalties, with the rest going to a kidney foundation of his choosing, according to the team. One of these things is not like the other, and that was the case on Saturday night inside the Scotiabank Arena.
Bumgarner told The Athletic that he'd be competing in rodeo events for a while, including in March past year, two days before pitching for San Francisco in a spring training game. Bumgarner just opted to go undercover while having a little fun competing at an Arizona rodeo event last December.
Previously, when Bumgarner was with the Giants, he missed out on 3 months of the 2017 period after experiencing a shoulder injury in a motorcycle crash, at the time calling it "definitely not the most responsible decision" he had actually made. One programs Bumgarner competing on horseback, while the various other programs him after he made his payouts, with the bottle providing a smile in the blurred image. 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".
"No matter what hobbies I have, I take 'em serious", Bumgarner said. I never do almost anything just for fun, per se. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen was not ready to discuss details of the contract.