Although there are a fair share of fans who believe Madison Bumgarner would be a welcome addition to the Dodgers’ roster as they hope to return to the World Series, it is purely nonsensical to think he will ever wear blue.
After yesterday’s escapade with Max Muncy, that was only further cemented and only added to a quite colorful history with Bumgarner and the Dodgers.
Former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi, now with the Giants, has claimed that he would be open to trading with the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite the division rivalry. Still, a move like Madison Bumgarner to the Dodgers makes zero sense.
Bumgarner has not been an elite pitcher for quite awhile, anyway. After falling off a dirt bike prior to the 2017 season, he really has not been the same. After the injury, MadBum has posted a 3.43 ERA and 3.95 FIP with a 21.7 K%. Prior to the injury, outside of being a three-time World Series champion, Bumgarner was one of the best in baseball, posting a 2.99 ERA and 3.12 FIP to go along with a 24.5 K%. He is still a formidable force on the mound but the reasons the Dodgers should never even consider him aren’t all necessary on-field concepts.
Madison Bumgarner, curveball (HP view). pic.twitter.com/awDWNoIt6n
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 11, 2016
Bumgarner is forever engrained in the Dodgers-Giants rivalry and probably has some true hatred in his heart for the Boys in Blue after getting absolutely clowned by Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig in recent years.
Not only does Bum have an injury history that includes a fractured hand and the aforementioned shoulder, but he would cost valuable assets and could present a clubhouse issue. A good portion of the Dodgers roster dislikes Bumgarner, guaranteed. Why bring in someone like that, no matter how good or bad they are, into a winning environment and clubhouse that the Dodgers currently possess? It does not work and it never will.
Another factor is that the Dodgers have probably four or five more reliable and capable starting pitchers at this juncture than Madison Bumgarner. Personally, I would take Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, Julio Urías, and quite possibly even Kenta Maeda to start a postseason game for me.
Muncy did about the same. Bum is a hypocrite. At least walk the walk. https://t.co/AkHREpIuJO
— Tim Rogers 2080 ??subscriber: (@TimRogers2080) June 10, 2019
Many of baseball’s biggest fans have become so blinded by Bumgarner’s postseason track record of old that they forget his present state. He is not an ace anymore, but is still a fantastic pitcher, no matter how much you may dislike him. He is also only 29 years old. However, we know who he is and what he has been: a thorn in the Dodgers’ side.
Stop the madness, Bumgarner should never and will never mix in with the Dodgers.