Latest Madison Bumgarner News

Arizona Diamondbacks' Madison Bumgarner throws during spring training baseball practice, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Arizona GM: D-backs unaware of MadBum's rodeo career

Feb. 24, 2020 3:50 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks knew Madison Bumgarner lives on a ranch but were unaware of his recently-discovered side career as a rodeo participant. Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, The...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Madison Bumgarner throws during spring training baseball practice, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Not his first rodeo: Bumgarner admits to roping under alias

Feb. 23, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and even won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, according to a story published Sunday by The Athletic. Bumgarner told the website he has discretely...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte hits a two-run home run in the eighth against the Washington Nationals in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Diamondbacks hope Starling Marte can add another potent bat to the lineup after he hit at least 20 homers in each of the past two seasons in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Second helping of Marte gives D-backs lineup another boost

Feb. 14, 2020 5:04 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Starling Marte has fond memories of his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially the stretch from 2013 to 2015 when the franchise made it to the playoffs three straight seasons. A few minutes of research revealed his new team has a great chance to get him back to the...

D-backs pitcher Leake has fracture on non-throwing wrist

Feb. 13, 2020 12:25 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has a fracture on his non-throwing wrist but still hopes to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. The 32-year-old Leake had an MRI on Wednesday and he said it revealed an old fracture that was aggravated by a fall...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, newly acquired Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner puts on a jersey after being introduced during a team availability in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks added a handful of veteran free agents during the offseason, including Bumgarner, outfielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Stephen Vogt and reliever Héctor Rondón. The left-handed Bumgarner — a four-time All-Star and 2014 World Series MVP — was the marquee signing, joining the rotation on an $85 million, five-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Meeting MadBum: D-backs relish big left-hander's presence

Feb. 12, 2020 5:28 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had plenty of praise for newly acquired left-hander Madison Bumgarner, calling the four-time All-Star exactly what his team needs at the top of the rotation. Then came the follow-up question: Does that mean Bumgarner would start on opening day?...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019 file photo Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed runs to first during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York. The Diamondbacks have agreed to a $32.5 million, four-year deal with Ahmed. The 29-year-old Ahmed avoids his final year of salary arbitration with the deal, which keeps him with the team through 2023. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

Ahmed, D-backs agree to $32.5 million, 4-year deal

Feb. 11, 2020 4:02 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks capped a busy offseason by locking down their two-time Gold Glove shortstop, who has slowly turned into a solid offensive threat. The D-backs announced Monday that they've agreed to a $32.5 million, four-year deal with Nick Ahmed that runs through the 2023 season....

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Spring training: time for pitchers, catchers and cheaters

Feb. 8, 2020 12:13 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Baseball returns to the field next week when pitchers, catchers and cheaters report to spring training. Fans await the annual sunny scenes of favorites stretching on bright green grass in Florida and Arizona. This year the players bring along dark clouds of scandal — the 2017...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler stands on the field and looks out at Oracle Park in San Francisco after being introduced. Kapler knew from the get-go when named San Francisco's new manager the pressure he would feel taking over as leader of a franchise that has had so many good ones in recent memory. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Manager Gabe Kapler works on building trust with Giants fans

Feb. 7, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler knew right away when he was hired as San Francisco's manager in November about the pressure he would feel taking over as leader of a franchise that has had so many good ones in recent memory. The skeptics were fierce, and he didn't deny that. He is committed to earning...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. In what's become a familiar refrain, the Dodgers arrive at camp still looking for their first World Series championship since 1988. After losing in two straight World Series, they were ousted by Washington in five games in the NL Division Series last fall. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

NL West teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the National League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Los Angeles Dodgers Manager: Dave Roberts (fifth season). 2019: 106-56, first place, lost to Nationals in...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, newly acquired Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner puts on a jersey after being introduced during a team availability in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks added a handful of veteran free agents during the offseason, including Bumgarner, outfielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Stephen Vogt and reliever Héctor Rondón. The left-handed Bumgarner — a four-time All-Star and 2014 World Series MVP — was the marquee signing, joining the rotation on an $85 million, five-year deal. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Beefed-up Diamondbacks ready to push for playoff return

Feb. 7, 2020 11:45 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks hope the addition of a few new players to a promising young core can push the franchise back to the playoffs. The Diamondbacks won 85 games last season, but finished well behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won 106 games and finished on top of the National League...