After going upper deck in BP, Bumgarner says he wants to be in Home Run Derby
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner put on a show in St. Louis before Sunday night's game
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has won back-to-back Silver Sluggers, and he has tallied 13 career home runs. So he can hit, at least by the standards of hurlers. That brings us to this, which is action-news footage of Mr. Bumgarner's knocking the hot and fresh bejeezus out of the ball during batting practice at Busch Stadium on Sunday night. Please regard ...
Yes, that final stroke traveled to the upper deck of Busch, where only eagles in Ultralights dare ...
The triumphant spit delivered thereupon says it all. There's also this ...
Madison Bumgarner's BP HR at Busch Stadium earlier today was calculated at 460 ft.— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) June 6, 2016
Just throwin' that out there. pic.twitter.com/LnZ3Am3GQP
And this ...
Groundskeepers here said they have seen only one other player hit a ball where Bumgarner did, in highest deck -- Nelson Cruz, HR Derby.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 5, 2016
So, yeah, it's not often a pitcher lays into like that, even in batting practice.
Speaking of what's in essence batting practice, Bumgarner it would seem has designs on the grandest round of BP of all, as he told ESPN that he seriously wants to take part in this year's Home Run Derby. Suffice it to say, this would be a rousing and fantastic turn of baseball events. But here's lame-wad manager Bruce Bochy, lame-waddishly concerned about things like pitcher health and winning baseball games, to ruin all that he surveys ...
Bumgarner in the HR Derby? "Bumgarner would love to do it, but Bochy says there's no way. Though it's fun to imagine." -Peter Pascarelli— MLB on ESPN Radio (@MLBonESPNRadio) June 5, 2016
Alas and alack. There's always the Imaginary Home Run Derby of America's Heart, Mad Bum. There's always that.
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