Madison Bumgarner Tells Max Scherzer To Stuff It On Hitting
Without really saying it, ‘MadBum’ basically told Max Scherzer: “I drink beers, 4 at a time, win World Series’ by myself and hit bombs with regularity. So, shut your face about bringing the designated hitter to the National League, you overpaid, whiny little bitch who can’t handle a bat.”
After all, Madison Bumgarner should scratch and crawl with every ounce of fight in him to keep the ‘DH,’ a coveted facet of National League baseball as part of the game. He’s already smacked two career grand slams and has delivered pivotal at-bats including homering against the Dodgers with the Giants season on the line.
Where does this all come from? Washington Nationals pitcher, Max Scherzer recently injured his right thumb while batting Thursday. Scherzer handles the bat more like Randy Johnson did during his short stint with the Giants, than his cross-country rival in San Francisco. After signing a $210 Million contract in the National League and knowing full-well that handling the bat every fifth day would be part of the bargain, Scherzer let known his thoughts about a lacking of a designated hitter in the National League:
Scherzer: “If you look at it from the macro side, who’d people rather see hit: Big Papi [Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz] or me? Who would people rather see, a real hitter hitting home runs or a pitcher swinging a wet newspaper? Both leagues need to be on the same set of rules.”
What ‘MadBum’ said in reply:
“He knew the rules. Whatever much he signed for — what did he get, again? — he didn’t have a problem signing his name,” said Bumgarner, referring to Scherzer’s $210 million, seven-year free-agent deal he signed with the Nationals in the offseason. “He didn’t have a problem with hitting then. I’m sure he had his pick of anywhere he wanted to go.” “What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can’t pitch anymore?” Bumgarner said. “I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don’t think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore? “That’s the way the game has to be played. I appreciate both sides of the argument and I get it. But [ending pitcher plate appearances] isn’t the way to go about [addressing] it.”
It’s clear that Bumgarner has transitioned away from his early career apprehension with the media and has fully embraced his super-stardom with this quote:
“Oh, well, my wet newspaper is 34½ inches, 33½ ounces, and I’m waiting on some new ones right now.”
Scherzer comes most recently from the American League where pitchers face no repercussions for their actions on the mound. They have no distraction from their primary objective of getting 27 outs. They don’t spend any time in the batting cage, fine-tuning their strokes, getting bunts down and punching the ball to the right side to get runners over. It’s not a surprise Max would argue for the ‘DH,’ given his background and the fact that he’s already found an injury before the end of the first month of the season. But, for teams and pitching staffs who pride themselves in “getting it done at the plate,” Scherzer comes across as ignorant and disrespectful to the game.
Jake Peavy on ‘MadBum at the Plate:
“I’ll tell you something about Madison Bumgarner: Last year, he hit in the eighth inning against [Los Angeles Dodgers starter] Zack Greinke with our season on the line. He already hit a two-run home run on a 1-2 slider in a night game here,” Peavy said, according to the Mercury News report. “So don’t come out and pop off or make a comment about [pitchers not being legitimate hitters]. We have a distinct advantage because of what he can do at the plate.” “As pitchers, it’s about taking pride in batting and baserunning and getting a bunt down or putting it in play,” Peavy continued. “If you do that better than the other pitcher, you’ve got an advantage.”
Peavy and Bumgarner. Two southern boys who appreciate the tradition of baseball, letting Scherzer have it for suggesting the game be altered to suit his own selfish needs is about as pure a thing as I can recall.