Madison Bumgarner Declines to Send Bat from 2-Homer Day to Baseball Hall of Fame

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will not send the bat he used to hit two home runs on Opening Day to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Per Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Bumgarner will be keeping the bat he clubbed the homers with and has offered up his helmet as a consolation prize to the Hall of Fame.

Bumgarner had an Opening Day to remember against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The four-time All-Star became the first pitcher in MLB history with two homers on Opening Day and struck out 11 over seven innings.

"That is obviously pretty special, having the chance to do that and for that to happen, but my job is out there on the mound," Bumgarner said after the Giants' 6-5 loss, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "That is where my concern is at."

Even though Bumgarner's main job is on the mound, as he said, he's become a weapon with the bat. He has hit 16 career home runs, including at least three in each of the previous three seasons.  

 

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