Giants’ Madison Bumgarner says he’ll refuse to enter game following ‘opener’

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first_imgHe’s probably not a candidate for an opener.However, Derek Holland (4.20 ERA), Johnny Cueto (8.00) and Jeff Samardzija (9.00) have all had trouble in the first inning, so they could be candidates to come out in the second inning rather than the first.Clearly though, Bumgarner is having none of that. M Bumgarner has always been a team player and respectful of Bochy. He also has a good sense of humor. It’s staggering to see the number of purported “spiders news sites” that jumped on Bochy’s line and wrote that Bumgarner literally would refuse to follow an opener into a game.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 10, 2019Just to be clear, Bochy was laughing as he told story, Bumgarner has a good sense of humor, and Giants were never considering openers for their top starters. Plz don’t get mad online, people.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 10, 2019Bumgarner went 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA for the Giants last season and held opponents to a .193 batting average in their first plate appearance.  Madison Bumgarner is known for policing the game on the field and now he’s trying to control it before he even gets on it.After the Giants’ new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters in December he could embrace an “opener” strategy, Bumgarner reportedly shot a quick, firm text to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. “If you use an opener in my game I’m walking right out of the ballpark,” the text read, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.Bochy said Bumgarner sent him a text after Zaidi said Giants might use openers. “If you use an opener in my game I’m walking right out of the ballpark.”— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 9, 2019It was later noted that Bochy was joking. Related News MLB hot stove: Yankees reportedly offer Manny Machado $220M deallast_img

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