Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ home run-slugging pitcher, is the early favorite to win this summer’s Baseball-Decathlon.
Bumgarner has been lobbying to join this year’s Home Run Derby. That appears unlikely, however his prodigious slugging ability combined with his pitching prowess make him the favorite in two of the 10 events in the baseball-decathlon.
“[Bumgarner]’s got 60-foot Pitching locked up, and he’ll do very well in Home Run Hitting, Fielding and Beard Growing,” said one baseball-decathlon observer. “I think you have to consider him the favorite.”
The other events include 360-Foot Base Running, Modern Fly Ball Shagging, Long Tobacco Spit, and Face Punching, in which the early favorite is Rougned Odor.