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Madison Kyle Bumgarner (born August 1, 1989), commonly known by his nickname, "MadBum",[1][2] is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). Bumgarner has won three World Series championships (2010, 2012, 2014) and two Silver Slugger Awards (2014, 2015). He has also been selected to four National League All-Star teams and has the most strikeouts in franchise history by a Giants left-handed pitcher.[3]

Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner on September 3, 2013.jpg
Bumgarner pitching at Petco Park in 2013
San Francisco Giants – No. 40
Pitcher
Born: (1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 30)
Hickory, North Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 8, 2009, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through September 24, 2019)
Win–loss record119–92
Earned run average3.13
Strikeouts1,794
Teams
Career highlights and awards

MLB records

  • 0.25 career World Series ERA
  • 52 23 innings pitched, single postseason (2014)
  • 2 career grand slams by a pitcher (tied with Tony Cloninger)

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 graduating, he was selected with the tenth overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants. He and Buster Posey both made their major league debuts in 2009, and have since established a reputation as one of the best batteries in recent MLB history.[4] Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series, helping win the franchise's first World Series in San Francisco and the first since 1954. Two years later, Bumgarner pitched seven more scoreless innings in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series. Bumgarner became the ace of a Giants pitching staff that won three World Series championships in a five-year span.

After setting the World Series record for the lowest earned run average, 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.

Early life

Bumgarner was born August 1, 1989, in Hickory, North Carolina, and grew up in an area ten miles away nicknamed "Bumtown" because of the abundance of people with the surname Bumgarner who have lived there over the years after their ancestors had arrived from Germany.[5][6] He grew up in a log house built by his father, sleeping in a loft at nights. Bumgarner's first word was "ball". At the age of four, he began playing youth baseball league, for which his father had to sign a waiver because the league was for five- to eight-year-olds. He would not let Madison throw curveballs until he was sixteen. His parents, Kevin and Debbie, divorced while Bumgarner was in high school.[5]

Bumgarner attended South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina, where he was known as "Maddie" and played on both the school's baseball team and the Post 29's American Legion Baseball team.[7] In his junior season, he had a 12–2 win-loss record, an 0.99 earned run average (ERA), and 120 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched as he led his team to a runner-up in the 2006 4A State Championship. Next season, he went 11–2 with a 1.05 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 86 innings while his team won the state championship.[8] He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in (RBIs).[7] He was named MVP of the playoffs and the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year, garnering the nickname "The Carolina Peach." Bumgarner attracted so much attention from scouts and agents in high school that his father built a wall around the bullpen at his high school field to keep them from distracting him as he warmed up.[5] He committed to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a college baseball scholarship.[8]

In 2013, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association included him on its "100 To Remember" male athletes list, which included Michael Jordan, Carl Eller, and Jim Beatty.[9]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

The San Francisco Giants selected Bumgarner in the first round, with the tenth overall selection, of the 2007 MLB draft. Going into the draft, Baseball America had ranked him as the 14th-best prospect overall. He was the first high school pitcher to be selected as the Giants' first pick since Matt Cain in 2002, and the first left-handed pitcher selected in the first round by the organization since Noah Lowry in 2001.[8]

Bumgarner pitched for the Augusta Greenjackets, the Giants' Low-A South Atlantic League affiliate, in 2008. The Giants had him alter the angle of his head during delivery, but after Bumgarner struggled over his first three starts in Augusta, he reverted to the way he had thrown in high school. With Augusta, he worked on his changeup, slider, and ability to throw effectively on the inside part of the plate, a critical trait for a pitcher with his side-armed delivery.[10] He won the South Atlantic League pitchers' Triple Crown, tying for the league lead in wins (15, tied with Levi Maxwell), leading the league in earned run average (1.46), and leading the league in strikeouts (164).[11] He began the 2009 season with the Giants' High-A affiliate, the San Jose Giants of the California League. After five starts, in which he went 3–1 with a 1.48 ERA and 23 strikeouts, he was called up to the Giants AA affiliate, the Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League. On July 22, he hit a grand slam against Eric Niesen and picked up the victory in a 9–3 triumph over the Binghamton Mets.[12] In 20 games (19 starts) with them, he went 9–1 with a 1.93 ERA and 69 strikeouts.[13]

In 2008, Baseball America ranked him the third-best prospect in the Giants organization.[14] Before the start of the 2009 season, the magazine ranked Bumgarner as the ninth-best prospect in baseball.[15] Entering 2010, Bumgarner attended the Giants' spring training before the season, competing for the position of fifth starter. He dropped to the fourteenth-best prospect in baseball on the magazine's list, as some writers were concerned about a drop in Bumgarner's velocity.[16][17] Out of shape entering the new season, he struggled and was sent down to the AAA Fresno Grizzlies, partly due to his loss of velocity.[16][18] In 14 starts with Fresno, he went 7–1 with a 3.16 ERA and 59 strikeouts.[13]

San Francisco Giants (2009–present)

2009

The Giants promoted Bumgarner to the major leagues for his debut in a start against the San Diego Padres on September 8, 2009. He started in place of ace Tim Lincecum, who was scratched with back spasms. At the age of twenty and thirty-eight days, he became the second-youngest pitcher ever to start a game for the Giants, older only than Mike McCormick, who started two games for the Giants—as a nineteen-year-old—in 1956, when the team was still in New York.[19][20] In the bottom of the third inning with no outs, Bumgarner struck out Padres pitcher Kevin Correia for his first career strikeout. Bumgarner made four appearances with the Giants in 2009, posting an ERA of 1.80, striking out ten batters, and pitching ten innings.[7]

2010

On June 26, 2010, Bumgarner was called up again to join the club, facing the Boston Red Sox the next day, where he registered his first career major league hit. He replaced Joe Martinez, who had made one start in place of an injured Todd Wellemeyer, in the rotation. The next day, Bumgarner made his first career major league pinch-hitting appearance.[21] On July 6, Bumgarner earned his first career major league victory by going eight innings without yielding a run. In the game, he also registered his first career major league run batted in.[22] Bumgarner pitched well enough that when Wellemeyer returned from the disabled list in August, Giants' manager Bruce Bochy chose to use him in the bullpen and leave Bumgarner in the rotation.[23]

In five September starts during the Giants' successful run to the National League West Division championship, Bumgarner posted an ERA of 1.13.[24] At the end of September, Bumgarner earned his first win at home, making him 7–6 on the season. After the season, he was named a starting pitcher on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team.[25]

Bumgarner made his postseason debut in Game 4 of the 2010 National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Atlanta Braves, and by pitching six innings advanced the Giants to the 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS), becoming the youngest pitcher in Giants' franchise history to appear in, start, and win a playoff game.[24][26] Bumgarner became the third-youngest pitcher to start an LCS Game in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. Only Bret Saberhagen (20 years and 175 days) and Fernando Valenzuela (20 years, 347 days) were younger.[citation needed] In Game 6 of the NLCS, Bumgarner pitched two shutout relief innings as the Giants advanced to the 2010 World Series.[27] In Game 4 of the World Series, Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings, while allowing only three hits and one Ranger to reach second base, for his first career World Series win. Bumgarner became the fifth-youngest pitcher to start a World Series game, the fourth-youngest to win one, and the youngest to make a start of six scoreless innings or more or the second youngest starter behind Jim Palmer to throw eight scoreless innings in a World Series game.[28] Bumgarner and Buster Posey were the first rookie battery to start a World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra in 1947. This win gave the Giants a 3–1 lead in the series, en route to the Giants winning their first World Series championship since the 1954 World Series—and their first title in the 52-year history of the San Francisco era.[29]

2011

 
Bumgarner pitching on June 21, 2011

Bumgarner was 0–5 with a 4.58 ERA in his first seven starts of the 2011 season.[30] Despite pitching at least six innings and giving up more than one earned run only once in his five starts from April 27 through May 19, 2011, it was not until the 19th that he got his first win, collecting an ERA of 3.71 for the season at that point. On May 19, 2011, at Dodger Stadium, in a 3–1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bumgarner pitched ​8 23 and allowed one run in the ninth inning, nearly throwing his first career complete game shutout and outdueling 2009 All-Star Dodger pitcher Chad Billingsley. He threw a career-high 89 strikes on the outing.[31][32] By June 9, Bumgarner had a 1.93 ERA over his last nine starts, yet had two wins and five losses to show for it. In seven of his eight losses at that point, the Giants either only scored once or scored no times at all.[33]

On September 5, Bumgarner struck out thirteen batters while yielding two earned runs, seven hits and one walk over ​8 13 innings while earning the win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. It was his second consecutive double digit strikeout game, having struck out eleven Cubs batters in his previous start against the Chicago Cubs.[34] With his win September 16, Bumgarner won five consecutive starts; he finished the season 13–13 with a 3.21 ERA, 204 innings pitched, and 191 strikeouts.[33] Bumgarner was 12–1 for the games in which his teammates scored three or more runs.[7] Bumgarner finished in eleventh place for the National League Cy Young Award.[citation needed]

2012

On April 17, 2012, Bumgarner and the Giants agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $35.56 million through the 2017 season. The contract includes additional $12 million options for 2018 and 2019.[35]

Bumgarner began the 2012 season by going 5–1 with a 2.31 ERA.[36] With a win on May 5, Bumgarner became the first Giant since Jason Schmidt to win fourteen games in a twenty-game span.[37]

On June 12 at AT&T Park, in a 6–3 win over the Houston Astros, Bumgarner hit his first major league home run and also struck out twelve batters, becoming the first Giant to hit a home run and strikeout ten or more batters in the same game since Mike Krukow.[38] On June 28 at AT&T Park, in a 5–0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, Bumgarner pitched both his first career regular-season complete game and regular-season complete game shutout. With this victory, it marked the first time in franchise history with four straight shutouts and established a new San Francisco record of thirty-six consecutive scoreless innings.[39]

In 2012, Bumgarner had a 16–7 record while posting a 3.37 ERA and striking out 191 batters in ​208 13 innings.[7]

On October 25 at AT&T Park, in a 2–0 win over the American League champion Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the World Series, Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out eight batters and yielding only two hits. Bumgarner became the first pitcher to begin his World Series career with fifteen scoreless innings since Bruce Hurst in 1986.[40] Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson in 1905 was the last Giant before Bumgarner to have scoreless outings in his first two career World Series starts.[40] The Giants swept the Series, for their second title in three seasons.

2013

Bumgarner was selected to represent the National League for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first career All-Star selection. However, Bumgarner did not pitch in the game.[41][42]

Bumgarner set career bests for ERA (2.77), walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) (1.03) and strikeouts (199) in 31 starts, finishing with a 13–9 record. Bumgarner's WHIP was the lowest for a Giants' left-hander since Carl Hubbell's in 1933.[citation needed] He threw over two hundred innings for the third consecutive season (​201 13) and improved at holding runners on base, conceding right stolen bases in 2013 compared with 27 in 2012.[43] Bumgarner finished in ninth place in voting for the Cy Young Award.[citation needed]

2014

Bumgarner was named the Giants' Opening Day starter for the 2014 season.[44] On April 11, Bumgarner hit his first career grand slam and registered a career-high five RBIs.[45] Bumgarner was named NL Pitcher of the Month for May after going 5–0 in six starts, with 48 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA.[46]

Bumgarner represented the National League at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his second straight All-Star selection. However, Bumgarner was unavailable to pitch on July 15 in the All-Star Game because he pitched two days prior to the event.[47][48][49] On July 13, in an 8–4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park, Bumgarner and Posey each hit grand slams, marking the first-ever occurrence in MLB history that batterymates each hit grand slams in the same game.[50] Bumgarner also tied the all-time MLB records for grand slams in a career and in a single season by a pitcher with two. Tony Cloninger had been the last pitcher to hit two grand slams in one season, doing so in one game on July 3, 1966.[citation needed]

On August 26, Bumgarner pitched his second career complete game one-hit shutout, which included pitching seven perfect innings to start the game. In the process, he set a franchise-record sixth career game with ten or more strikeouts and no walks. Bumgarner was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for August. He went 4–1 with a 1.57 ERA, threw three complete games, and had 56 strikeouts against just three walks.[51] On September 12, Bumgarner became the fifth left-handed pitcher in franchise history to strikeout over two hundred batters. His 207th strikeout of the season broke Ray Sadecki's mark, setting a new San Francisco Giants single season strikeout record by a left-handed pitcher.[52]

Bumgarner set a career high in wins with 18, posting an 18–10 record, a 2.98 ERA, and 219 strikeouts for the 2014 MLB regular season. Bumgarner finished in fourth place for the Cy Young Award, behind Clayton Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, and Adam Wainwright.[citation needed]

In the National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout, his first career postseason complete-game shutout, allowing the Giants to advance to the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. He joins Sandy Koufax from the 1965 World Series and Justin Verlander from the 2012 American League Division Series as the only pitchers to pitch a shutout and strikeout ten or more batters in a winner-take-all game. In Game 1 of the 2014 NLCS, Bumgarner threw ​7 23 shutout innings, setting a major league postseason record with ​26 23 consecutive postseason scoreless innings on the road, breaking the ninety-year-old record held by fellow Giant, Art Nehf. Bumgarner was named NLCS MVP.[53]

In Game 1 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Bumgarner allowed one run in seven innings, ending his consecutive scoreless innings on the road streak at ​32 23. In Game 5, Bumgarner pitched his second career postseason complete-game shutout, another four-hit shutout, becoming the second pitcher in franchise history with two shutouts in a single postseason after Christy Mathewson's three shutouts in the 1905 World Series and the first San Francisco Giants pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout in a World Series game since Jack Sanford in the 1962 World Series.[citation needed] He set all-time MLB records for lowest World Series ERA (0.29) among pitchers of at least twenty-five innings pitched and three starts, and was the first pitcher in World Series history to pitch a shutout with at least eight strikeouts and no walks.[54] On October 29, in Game 7 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, on two days rest, Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings in relief, preserving a one run lead as the Giants won their third title in five seasons.[citation needed]

Bumgarner was named the 2014 World Series MVP, finishing the series with a 2–0 record, 1 save, and a 0.43 ERA.[55] In three pitching appearances, Bumgarner gave up one run in 21 World Series innings and pitched ​52 23 total innings in the postseason[56] Following the postseason, he won the Babe Ruth Award as the postseason MVP and was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.[57][58][59][57]

2015

On May 4, 2015, Bumgarner pitched six no-hit innings against the San Diego Padres. He pitched ​7 13 innings and struck out six batters on 107 pitches.[60] On May 21, he became the first pitcher to hit a home run off of Clayton Kershaw.[61] Kershaw became the second Cy Young Award winner to surrender a home run to Bumgarner, after Zack Greinke.[62]

On June 23, Bumgarner again pitched ​7 13 innings against the San Diego Padres and struck out a career-high fourteen batters, tying Atlee Hammaker's franchise record for most strikeouts in a single game by a left-handed pitcher.[63] On June 28, in a 6–3 win over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park, Bumgarner had two hits, one a solo home run, scored twice, and struck out Brandon Barnes for his 1,000th career strikeout. He is also the third left-handed pitcher in the San Francisco era and the third-youngest in franchise history to reach the milestone. Only Amos Rusie (21) and Christy Mathewson (25) were younger.[64]

Bumgarner represented the National League at the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his third straight All-Star selection.[65][66][67] Bumgarner pitched in his first career All-Star Game, pitching a scoreless fourth inning with batterymate Posey.[68]

On August 11 at AT&T Park, in a 3–1 win over the Houston Astros, Bumgarner pitched a complete game where he struck out twelve and walked none. During the outing, he struck out a career-high seven straight batters to tie a San Francisco record with Juan Marichal and Jonathan Sánchez.[69] On August 16 at AT&T Park, in a 5–0 win over the Washington Nationals, he tied his career-high by striking out fourteen batters and set a new career-high with twenty-four strikes swinging, including striking out that year's National League MVP Bryce Harper a career-high three times. He also hit his tenth career home run and pitched a complete game shutout.[70] He became the first Giants left-handed pitcher to record multiple fourteen-strikeout games in a single season and career, and joined Juan Marichal as the only Giants pitchers in the San Francisco era to strike out ten or more batters, hit a home run, and record a shutout in the same game.[71] Bumgarner won the National League Player of the Week Award.[72] On August 18 at Busch Stadium, in a 2–0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Bumgarner logged his first career pinch-hit, a two-out single to left field in the top of the seventh inning off of Lance Lynn. He became the first Giants pitcher to record a hit in a pitch-hitting appearance since Kirk Rueter in 2004.[73] On August 21 at PNC Park, in a 6–4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bumgarner hit his fifth home run, the most since Carlos Zambrano in 2006.[74][75][76] On August 28 at AT&T Park, in a 9–1 win over the Chicago Cubs, Bumgarner struck out twelve batters through six innings, logging his third straight game with twelve or more strikeouts.[77]

On September 1, Bumgarner became the first left-handed pitcher in the live-ball era to hit five home runs and strikeout two hundred batters in a single season.[78] On September 12 at AT&T Park, in an 8–0 win over the San Diego Padres, Bumgarner pitched his third career complete game one-hit shutout, including a career-high ​7 23 perfect innings to start the game.[79] On September 24 at Petco Park, Bumgarner struck out his 220th batter of the season, breaking his own San Francisco Giants single season strikeout record by a left-handed pitcher.

Bumgarner tied a career high in wins with eighteen, posting an 18–9 record, a 2.93 ERA, and also set career highs with a .667 win percentage, ​218 13 innings pitched and 234 strikeouts for the 2015 MLB regular season. He was named the winner of the 2015 National League Silver Slugger Award at pitcher.[80] Bumgarner finished in sixth place for the Cy Young Award.[citation needed]

2016

On April 9, 2016, Bumgarner hit another home run off of Kershaw. Since the 2014 season, Bumgarner, Troy Tulowitzki, and Daniel Murphy are the only three players to have homered off of Kershaw multiple times. Over Kershaw's last twenty-seven starts, Kershaw has allowed two of his eleven home runs to Bumgarner.[81] From April 20 to June 20, Bumgarner made twelve consecutive starts allowing two earned runs or fewer, which tied Fred Anderson for the third-longest streak in Giants history since 1913.[citation needed] On June 30 at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Bumgarner was started at pitcher hitting for himself in an American League ballpark, the first time this was intentionally done in the majors since 1976, and only the fifth time since the creation of the designated hitter rule in 1973. He went 1-for-4 with a double.[82]

Bumgarner represented the National League at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his fourth straight All-Star selection. However, Bumgarner was be unavailable to pitch on July 12 in the All-Star Game because he pitched two days prior to the event.[83][84][85] On July 10 at AT&T Park, in a 4–0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bumgarner pitched his fourth career complete game one-hit shutout and third career game by striking out fourteen batters, tying his career high and extending his record, including striking out a career-high nine batters via 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 five innings, also a career high. He also carried a no-hitter through ​7 13 innings until it was broken up by Jake Lamb. Bumgarner tied Christy Mathewson for second all-time in franchise history in double-digit strikeout games.[86][87] According to SportsCenter, Bumgarner is the fourth pitcher in the last three seasons to carry at least three no-hit bids into the seventh inning or further. The others are Jake Arrieta with four, and Max Scherzer and Marco Estrada who have three apiece. At the All-Star break, Bumgarner's 1.94 ERA was the lowest by any Giants pitcher since 1983, according to Fox Sports. 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 threw five no-hit innings on ninety-three pitches. Bumgarner hit an opposite-field leadoff double off the bricks, becoming the first Giants pitcher to record a pinch-hit double since Ray Sadecki did so in 1967.[citation needed] The Giants inserted pinch-runner and another fellow rotation mate Jeff Samardzija, who scored 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.[88][89][90]

On August 18 at AT&T Park, in a 10–7 win over the New York Mets, Bumgarner became the second pitcher in the modern era after Hal Jeffcoat of the 1957 Cincinnati Redlegs to allow a grand slam and then hit a go-ahead home run in the same inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bumgarner surrendered a grand slam to future teammate Justin Ruggiano in the top of the fourth 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, becoming the first left-handed pitcher in Giants franchise history to accomplish the feat for three straight seasons, and tying Christy Mathewson for second all-time behind Amos Rusie, Juan Marichal, and Tim Lincecum's four.[91][92][93]

On September 3 at Wrigley Field, in a 3–2 win and his second of the season over the eventual World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Bumgarner outdueled their defending Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Bumgarner struck out ten batters and walked nobody, notching his thirtieth career double-digit strikeout game, surpassing Christy Mathewson's twenty-nine for second place in Giants franchise history behind only Lincecum's thirty-six.[94][95][96] According to SportsCenter, this is Bumgarner's tenth career double-digit strikeout game with no walks, extending his all-time franchise record. Since 2010, his ten double-digit strikeout games with no walks are the second most in the Majors in that span, which trail only Clayton Kershaw. On September 20 at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner struck out ten Los Angeles Dodgers batters and walked nobody, extending his franchise record and in the process struck out his 235th batter of the season, which broke his own San Francisco Giants single-season strikeout record by a left-handed pitcher for the third consecutive year.[97] 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, according to Baseball-Reference.com.[98] However, CSN Bay Area indicates Seymour struck-out 244 batters. In his next start on September 24 at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres, by striking out Jon Jay for his 245th batter of the season, Bumgarner broke the previous record. This was exactly one year to the day in the exact same ballpark where he broke his San Francisco single season strikeout record. He also registered his ninth career multi-hit game, including a career-high two 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, becoming the twenty-fourth pitcher in franchise history to reach the mark. At age 27 years and 60 days, he became 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 milestone 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 younger. He became the seventh pitcher in the San Francisco Era to reach the milestone and the third Giant to win his one hundredth career game on the 2016 season, joining fellow rotation mates Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain.[99][100][101][102][103] Bumgarner finished in fourth place for the Cy Young Award, 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 voting.

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 give him the most career complete-game shutouts in the history of the Wild Card Era with two. In other words, 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 shutout ties him for second all time behind Christy Mathewson's four. He also tied Tom Glavine's Major League record with six career scoreless postseason starts and lowered his Major League career postseason road record to a microscopic 0.50 ERA.[104]

2017

On April 2, 2007, at Chase Field, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bumgarner made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, joining Juan Marichal and Tim Lincecum as the only three pitchers to make at least four consecutive Opening Day starts 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 and also tied Hal Schumacher's franchise record for career home runs hit by a pitcher. He became the fourth Giants pitcher and the first in the San Francisco Era to hit a home run on Opening Day, joining 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 joined Carlos González and Joey Votto as the third player and the first pitcher to hit multiple home runs off of both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. The ball had an exit velocity of 112.5 miles per hour, the hardest hit by a pitcher in the Statcast era.[105] After throwing five and a third perfect innings to start the ballgame, he hit another home run, surpassing Hal Schumacher to become the franchise career home run leader by a pitcher. His first career multi-home-run game made him the first pitcher in Major League history to hit at least two home runs on Opening Day.[106] He became the fifth-most recent 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 September 22, 2017, at Dodger Stadium, in a 2–1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bumgarner won his 104th career game, which tied Mike McCormick for second place among left-handed pitchers on the Giants all-time career win list in the San Francisco Era.[107] According to NBC Sports Bay Area, he also tied McCormick and rotation mate Matt Cain for fifth place in the San Francisco Era.

On November 6, 2017, the Giants exercised Bumgarner's 2018 contract option worth $12 million.[108]

2018

On June 21, 2018, at AT&T Park, in a 3–0 win over the San Diego Padres, Bumgarner won his 105th career game, surpassing recently retired rotation mate Matt Cain and tying Kirk Reuter for fourth place as well as for the most wins among left-handed pitchers in the San Francisco Era.[109][110] On June 27, 2018, at AT&T Park, in a 1–0 walk-off win over the Colorado Rockies, in the top of the first inning, Bumgarner struck out leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu for his fifteen hundredth career strikeout. He is the fourth-fastest left-handed pitcher in his 239th career game and the ninth-fastest left-handed pitcher in innings pitched in the live-ball era since 1920 to reach the milestone. Only Randy Johnson (206), Clayton Kershaw (218), David Price (236) reached the milestone in fewer games pitched.[111][112] Since 2005, Bumgarner is one of three starting pitchers in the starting rotation, along with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, to win over one hundred games and strikeout over 1,500 batters. In that span, the San Francisco Giants are the only Major League team to accomplish both feats, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. By becoming the ninth pitcher in franchise history to reach 1,500 strikeouts, the Giants are the only Major League team to accomplish this pitching feat.

On July 2, 2018, at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies, Bumgarner's scoreless inning streak ended but set a new regular-season career high at twenty-two.[113] On July 8 at AT&T Park, in a 13–8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Bumgarner won his 106th career game, surpassing Kirk Reuter for sole possession of fourth place and first overall for the most wins by a left-handed pitcher in the San Francisco Era, according to Baseball-Reference.com. On July 20 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bumgarner pitched four innings against the Oakland Athletics, ending his streak of eighty-seven consecutive starts in which he pitched at least five innings, which was the longest active streak in the Majors. Gerrit Cole was second in that category with forty-one.[114]

On August 23 at Citi Field, in an 3–1 win over the New York Mets, Bumgarner won his 109th career game, surpassing Lincecum for sole possession of third place in the San Francisco Era and the most wins by a pitcher under Bruce Bochy's managerial career.[115]

On September 25 at AT&T Park, in a 5–4 win over the San Diego Padres, Bumgarner registered a pinch-hit walk-off RBI single off of No. 40 Rowan Wick to left field, knocking in Gorkys Hernández from third base in the bottom of the twelfth inning. It was Bumgarner's first career walk-off hit and the first by a Giants pitcher in twenty-eight years. Don Robinson was the last Giants pitcher to do so in 1990.[116][117]

On October 29, the Giants exercised Bumgarner's 2019 contract option worth $12 million.[118]

2019

Bumgarner made his fifth career Opening Day start in 2019, joining Juan Marichal as the only other pitcher to make at least five career Opening Day starts in the San Francisco era. Bumgarner recorded his 1,600th career strikeout, joining Carl Hubbell as the only left-handed pitchers in franchise history to reach the milestone.[119] On April 2, Bumgarner hit his eighteenth career home run, tying Cy Young for fifteenth on the all-time list for home runs by pitchers.[120]

Bumgarner surpassed Hubbell to become the Giants all-time career strikeout leader by a left-handed pitcher on June 15, moving into sixth place in franchise history.[121][122][123] On June 25, Bumgarner tied and passed Cain on the Giants all-time career strikeouts list.[124][125] On June 30, Bumgarner tied Lincecum for second most career strikeouts in the San Francisco era and tying him for fourth place in franchise history as well.[126] He surpassed Lincecum on the strikeout list on July 6.[127] According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Bumgarner has been caught by battery mate Buster Posey in 190 games, winning 86, the most games and wins by a starting battery in the San Francisco Era since 1958.

On August 8, Bumgarner became the first starting pitcher to have a hit and draw two or more walks at the plate while allowing one hit or fewer on the mound in a game in the live-ball era since 1920, according to STATS LLC. He also became the first pitcher ever to accomplish this feat while having more strikeouts pitching rather than batting.[128] On August 13 at Oracle Park, in a 3–2 win over the Oakland Athletics, Bumgarner made his 278th career start, surpassing Kirk Reuter (277) for the most by a left-handed pitcher in the San Francisco era and the second most in franchise history behind Carl Hubbell (433). He surpassed Lincecum on the MLB all-time strikeout list.[129] On August 30, Bumgarner won his 60th career game at home, which surpassed and tied Lincecum and Cain, respectively.[130]

Pitching style

Much like fellow major league pitcher Brett Cecil, throwing a ball is the only thing Bumgarner does left-handed.[131] Bumgarner has a unique pitching style; as he throws, it appears he is throwing toward first base. Bumgarner's repertoire consists of four pitches including a curveball he throws at two different speeds with two different types of movement. He features a four-seam fastball in the 90 to 93 miles per hour (145 to 150 km/h) range that tops off at 95 mph, a cutter around 86 to 90 miles per hour (138 to 145 km/h), a curveball that usually ranges from 75 to 78 miles per hour (121 to 126 km/h) with sharp, mostly downward break, but he occasionally throws a much slower curve with a more exaggerated and horizontal break in the mid-to-high 60 miles per hour range, and a change-up that sits at 82 to 85 miles per hour (132 to 137 km/h). The fastball and cutter are his main pitches; through 2013, he has thrown the fastball 43.68% of the time and the cutter 33.84% of the time.[132]

Bumgarner has pitched against every Major League team with the Giants in the regular season except for the Los Angeles Angels and has defeated every National League team. Bumgarner has not defeated the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Angels, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners. Bumgarner has defeated the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals in his World Series starts.

Career highlights

Bumgarner has hit 18 career home runs as a pitcher, which is the most hit by any active pitcher, and the second most hit by a pitcher (behind Carlos Zambrano) since the American League adopted the designated hitter rule in 1973.[133][134]

Awards

Award / Honor Time(s) Date(s) Ref(s)
World Series Champion 3 2010, 2012, 2014
World Series Most Valuable Player Award 1 2014 [135]
Babe Ruth Award 1 2014
National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award 1 2014 [136]
National League All-Star 4 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 [137]
Major League Baseball Pitcher of the Month Award 2 May & August 2014
Major League Baseball Player of the Week Award 1 August 10 – 16, 2015
National League Silver Slugger Award at pitcher 2 2014, 2015 [138]
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year 1 2014 [59]
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 1 2014 [57][58]
Willie Mac Award 1 2014 [139]

Personal life

Bumgarner's parents are Kevin and Debbie; his father, Kevin, built the log house the younger Bumgarner grew up in, and works nights at a food distribution company.[5] His mother is an accountant for PepsiCo.[10] Bumgarner has a stepsister and two older half-brothers.[10][140][141] Bumgarner had a half-sister, Dena, who died in 2010 after accidentally overdosing on pain medication following hospitalization[142] from cancer.[5] Bumgarner has been a Baptist since his childhood.[5][143] Andrew Baggarly, a reporter who covers the Giants, wrote of Bumgarner, "While I wouldn't describe him as outgoing, he struck me as being smart, well spoken and polite. He is deeply Christian and seems to be very grounded."[10]

Bumgarner married his high school sweetheart, Ali Saunders Bumgarner, on February 14, 2010, in a private ceremony in which he wore "a white open-collar shirt and blue jeans while carrying a pocketknife."[144] During the offseason, they live on a farm in North Carolina that is about thirty minutes from where he grew up in the old furniture manufacturing area of the state, and during the season in a condo in San Francisco.[5][145] Bumgarner plays catch with his wife Ali, who grew up playing softball.[146][147]

Appearances outside of baseball

Endorsements

Bumgarner has an endorsement deal with Carhartt, and is featured in one of their television commercials.[148] He also has an endorsement deal with Ford.[149] Bumgarner is friends with actor Jason Momoa.[150][151][152][153][154]

Other appearances

Bumgarner has appeared on television as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in episode 154 during season 1. Bumgarner gave Jimmy Fallon MadBum underwear.[155][156][157][158][159][160][161]

MLB records

Franchise records

  • Most career postseason wins: 8[162]
  • Most wins by a pitcher in a single postseason: 4, 2014 (tied with Tim Lincecum, 2010)[162]
  • Most career postseason strikeouts: 87[162]
  • Most strikeouts by a pitcher in a single postseason: 45, 2014[162]
  • Career Postseason Win Probability Added: 2.7 in ​102 13 innings pitched[162]
  • Win Probability Added in a single postseason: 1.7 in ​52 23 innings pitched, 2014[162]
  • Lowest career walks and hits per innings pitched in a single World Series: .476 in 21 innings pitched, 2014[163]

Regular season records

Postseason records

  • Most innings pitched in a single postseason: ​52 23, 2014[167]
  • Most starts in a single postseason: 6, 2014 (tied with Curt Schilling, 2001, Chris Carpenter, 2011, and Corey Kluber, 2016)[168]
  • Most postseason starts of at least 7 shutout innings: 6[169]

World Series records

  • Lowest career World Series ERA (minimum 20 innings of work): 0.25 in 36 innings pitched[167][170]
  • Highest career win-loss percentage: 1.000 in 36 innings pitched[163]
  • Highest win-loss percentage in a single World Series: 1.000 in 21 innings pitched, 2014[163]
  • Lowest career walks and hits per innings pitched: 0.528 in 36 innings pitched[163]
  • Lowest career hits per nine innings pitched: 3.500 in 36 innings pitched[163]
  • Fewest hits allowed in a single World Series by any pitcher with at least 20 innings pitched: 9 in 21 innings, 2014[167]
  • Most shutout innings in relief in a World Series game 7: 5 (tie with Joe Page)[167]
  • Longest save in a World Series game: 5 innings in Game 7, 2014[167]
  • Longest save in a winner-take-all game: 5 innings in Game 7, 2014[167]
  • Most World Series games won through age 25: 4[167]
  • First MLB pitcher in a single World Series to earn at least two wins, throw a shutout and earn a save – in 2014[167]
  • First MLB pitcher in a World Series to pitch a shutout with no walks and at least eight strikeouts – game 5 in 2014[167]

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