Madison Bumgarner has two home runs. We have not completed the first baseball game of the season. If this seems rare, that’s because it is. According to Baseball-Reference, this is just the 67th time that a pitcher has hit two home runs in a game in the last 105 years, and it’s the first time it’s happened on Opening Day.
Both home runs were absolute bombs. The second one looked like this:
Madison Bumgarner is your MLB home run leader pic.twitter.com/GDIxzlsiYe— TotalProSports.com (@TotalProSports) April 2, 2017
To the tweets!
Only 16 players hit 2 or more HRs 112 MPH+ last season... Madison Bumgarner did it twice in his first game— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 2, 2017
I’m not the kind of baseball geek who gets excited about the difference between 105 MPH and 112 MPH, but I sure enjoy it when it’s put into context. Baseball players don’t hit baseballs as hard as this, usually. Bumgarner has done it twice in one game.
This was made obsolete by the second homer, but I like the pretty visual.
Madison Bumgarner is leading the @MLB in home runs as a batter and strikeouts as a pitcher.— Cole Kuiper (@cmkuiper) April 2, 2017
This is guaranteed to continue, in my opinion.
San Francisco Giants w/ multi-HR game on Opening Day:— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) April 2, 2017
Barry Bonds (2002)
Matt Williams (1994)
Willie Mays (1964)
That ... that is a good selection of Giants players.
The important thing to remember is that Madison Bumgarner is very good at hitting baseballs compared to the typical pitcher, and it is very, very fun to watch.