A tribute to the most dominant post-season pitcher in MLB history
Just who is that glorious man riding on a horse?
Madison Bumgarner is a professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He has been a lynch pin for the Giants domination in 2010 and onward where he helped the ballclub win 3 World Series. Most notably was his last WS performance in 2014 where he came in as a relief pitcher in game 7 and essentially shut down the Kansas City Royals in their own stadium to collect their most recent trophy. Another unique thing about the southpaw is that not only does he dominate as a pitcher, but he also can hit for power, collecting 11 career homeruns (5 of which came from last season 2015). Despite all his recent accolades, the hard throwing, snot firing, southpaw is only 27 and is just entering his prime.
Pitching stats (as of 2016 season)
Madison Bumgarner is primarily a fastball pitcher. His pitching repetoire features a four-seam fastball that sits on 90-93 mph but has topped off around 95. He also employs the cutter (86-90 mph), two types of curveballs (60-78 mph) and the change-up (82-85 mph).
- Win-loss record: 100-67
- Earned Run Average (ERA): 2.99
- Strikeouts: 1381
- WHIP: 1.098
- Complete Games: 14
- Shutouts: 6 (Including a one-hitter in 2014)
- 2007 - Drafted by San Francisco Giants in the first round (10th overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft.
- 2008 - Pitched for the Augusta Greenjackets in the Giants' Low-A South Atlantic affiliate
- 2009 - Begin season with Giants' High-A affiliate, the San Jose Giants of the California League
- 2009 - Moved up to Giants AA affiliate, the Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League
- 2009 - On September 8th got his first callup to the Majors and became the 2nd youngest pitcher to start a game at 20 since the Giants moved to California in 1958.
- 2010 - Started season in AAA with Fresno Grizzlies
- 2010 - On June 26th would be called back up to the Majors
- 2010 - On July 6th earned his first major league win against the Brewers 6-1, pitching 8 frames and not allowing a run. In August he would remain in the Giants rotation.
- 2010 - On October 11th, Bumgarner became the youngest pitcher in Giants' franchise history to pitch in and win a postseason game against the Braves in the NLDS-clinching game.
- 2010 - October 31st, Bumgarner pitched 8 shutout innings in Game 4 of the World Series. He became the fourth youngest pitcher to start and win a World Series game. He was the youngest to make a scoreless start of 6+ innings.
- 2012 - Madison agreed to a 6-year contract worth $35.56 million through the 2017 season.
- 2012 - On May 14th Madison hits his first homerun against Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris. He also threw for 12 Ks that game.
- 2012 - Bumgarner pitched 7 scoreless innings and fanned 8 batters in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series.
- 2013 - Madison set career bests for ERA (2.77), WHIP (1.03), and Strikeouts (199) in 31 starts, finishing with a 13-9 record. Also to note this was his 3rd consecutive season pitching 200+ innings of baseball.
- 2014 - Named Opening Day starter for first time.
- 2014 - On April 11th, Bumgarner hit his first career grand slam and had 5 total RBIs against the Colorado Rockies' Jorge de la Rosa.
- 2014 - July 13th, both Madison and his catcher Buster Posey hit grand slams, making it the first ever occurance in MLB history where batterymates both hit a grand-slam in a game. He also tied the MLB record for most grandslams by a pitcher in a season with 2. Last pitcher to do so was Tony Cloninger back in 1966.
- 2014 - August 26th, Madison pitched his 2nd career complete game one-hit shutout.
- 2014 - Bumgarner ended the season with 207 strikeouts, setting a new club record for a left-handed pitcher.
- 2014 - October 1, Bumgarner pitched a 4-hit shutout in the NL Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, earning them a berth into the playoffs.
- 2014 - October 21, Madison earned his 3rd World Series win against the Kansas City Royals.
- 2014 - October 26, Madison pitched a 4-hit complete game shutout in Game 5. He set all-time MLB records for lowest World Series ERA (0.29) among pitchers with 25+ IP.
- 2014 - October 29, with only 2 days of rest, Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings in relief in the final game of the World Series. He earned the save as the Giants won their 3rd championship in 5 years. Madison was named the World Series MVP with his stellar performance, finishing with a 2-0 record in the series, 1 save, and a 0.43 ERA.
- 2015 - On May 21st, Madison became the first pitcher to homer off of Clayton Kershaw.
- 2015 - On June 23rd, Bumgarner struck out a career high 14-batters.
- 2015 - On August 18th, Madison became the first Giants pitcher since Kirk Rueter in 2004 to record a hit in a pinch-hitting appearance.
- 2015 - September 24th, Bumgarner struckout his 220th batter of the season, breaking his single-season strikeout record yet again.
- AP Male Athlete of the Year (2014)
- Babe Ruth Award (2014)
- World Series Champion (2010, 2012, 2014)
- World Series MVP (2014)
- MLB NLCS MVP (2014)
- MLB NL All-Star (2013, 2014, 2015)
- NL Silver Slugger Award for Pitcher (2014, 2015)
- NL Pitcher of the Month Award (May 2014, August 2014)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2014)
- SF Giants Willie Mac Award (For spirit and leadership) (2014)