Dbacks GM Mike Hazen wasn’t aware Madison Bumgarner competed in rodeos

Craig Calcaterra
NBC Sports

Last night’s story about Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner participating in rodeos under an assumed name — “Mason Saunders” — definitely got people’s attention. And it did so in kind of an odd way, really.

For the most part the response was laughter and “haha, can you believe this?” That sentiment was particularly prevalent from the baseball media. Just remember that the next time someone does what Yoenis Céspedes did and had the nerve to, like, play golf or work on his ranch or whatever and gets taken to task for it. Maybe if Céspedes had played golf under a funny fake name? I dunno.

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There was one person who didn’t have an immediate reaction last night: Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, who just gave his starters/cowpoke a five-year, $85 million deal. And who did not, we just found out, know that Bumgarner was roping steers in his free time:


I have this feeling that Mason Saunders won’t be participating in rodeo events any more after this.

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