There has never been a pitcher in the Home Run Derby, for obvious reasons. But if Madison Bumgarner gets his way that will all change this year. The Giants’ Bumgarner has “put a word in” with NL captain Troy Tulowitzki about participating in this year’s derby, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bumgarner says he has not yet heard back from Tulowitzki. The Giants’ pitcher has a career .153 batting average with 4 home runs in 24 RBI. He has hit two home runs in 2014 including a grand slam.
It’s possible – actually likely – that Bumgarner was just kidding, but if so, perhaps he should stop kidding and seriously pursue getting into the Home Run Derby. Let’s face it, the derby has become a little dull over the years. One way to spice it up would be to allow pitchers like Bumgarner to participate.
We know that pitchers who can hit a little enjoy showing off their skills in BP, so why not the derby? Why not let pitchers get out there and try to loft those super-juiced Home Run Derby balls over the fence a la Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi?
It could be very entertaining watching pitchers in the derby. If guys like Bumgarner are willing to do it, why not?