Madison Bumgarner Is Secretly a Rodeo Champion Named Mason Saunders … Really

Tanya Simon
February 26, 2020

The story is that Bumgarner went by the name Mason Saunders and actually entered two competitions a year ago.

Bumgarner, who is starting his 1st year in Arizona immediately after pitching for the San Francisco Giants for 11 years, reportedly competes in rodeo competitions utilizing the alias "Mason Saunders". He also said at the time that rodeo could become more than just a hobby once he retires from baseball.

Bumgarner, who has been roping since he was a teenager in North Carolina, told the site that the alias was a way to keep a low profile at rodeo events. He explained that "Mason" is a shortened version of his first name, while "Saunders" is his wife's maiden name. "This is ruining my alias".

Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP with the San Francisco Giants agreed to his five-year contract with the Diamondbacks in December, about two weeks after winning the rodeo competition in Wickenburg, Arizona. 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. Although this was likely a violation of his contract, it is believed the Giants did not press him on the incident.

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Bumgarner missed three months during the 2017 season after a dirt bike accident that sprained his throwing shoulder and bruised his ribs. 'But you're going to ruin that for me'.

According to Rancho Rio's post, "Jaxson Tucker & Mason Saunders took home the biggest paycheck of the day topping the #12.5 Big Gamble". Dirt bikes go faster than horses in a roping competition, but horse-riding can still be unsafe - and costly.

'No matter what hobbies I have, I take 'em serious, ' Bumgarner said. I don't do anything just for fun, per se.

A pair weeks after his rodeo success, Bumgarner authorized a five-year, $85 million agreement with the Diamondbacks in December after playing his very first 11 Major League Baseball periods with the San FranciscoGiants Bumgarner, a four-time All-Star, won the World Series with the Giants in 2010, 2012 as well as 2014. I wish I did'.

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