MLB Pitcher Madison Bumgarner Secretly Competed in Rodeos Under Fake Name

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I love baseball, and I love rodeo, so I kind of feel like I get this guy...

Major League pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been living a double-life, USA Today reports. While suiting up to take the mound for the San Francisco Giants, and now the Arizona Diamondbacks, the former All-star pitcher has also been participating in rodeo competitions under the alias "Mason Saunders."

The sports website The Athletic came across a Facebook photo from an Arizona-based rodeo ranch, with a picture of "Saunders" competing on horseback.

The 30-year-old Bumgarner confirmed it was him. "Oh boy," Bumgarner said Sunday when shown the photo. "This is ruining my alias." Bumgarner says he used the alias to keep his rodeo gigs under wraps and not draw any attention to himself.

Bumgarner signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason. It's unclear if his new MLB team is aware of his rodeo hobby.

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