SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nobody at the Diamondbacks' spring training facility had uttered the name "Madison Bumgarner," despite seeing him numerous times.
He goes by Mason Saunders for now. That is his alter ego after all -- the one he uses to win cash prizes at rodeo events.
The sports media world had a field day when the information on MadBum's alias surfaced, but D-backs general manager Mike Hazen had his back.
"Madison is a grown man and we know he's committed to helping us achieve our goals as a team," Hazen told media on Monday.
Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley said that resonated with him as well.
"It's great. I personally have a lot of respect for Mike Hazen, but that was something I was actually talking to CC Sabathia yesterday," Bradley told NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday. "You're seeing this new wave where guys aren't afraid to showcase the other side of their life. I think there's kind of been this build of 'You just have to be a baseball player.' LeBron started with 'More Than an Athlete,' I think guys are kind of catching on."
He also loves the fact that MadBum now is on his team instead of facing him as much as he did during their NL West matchups when Bumgarner was on the Giants. MadBum has made a huge impression on the 27-year-old.
"He just raises everyone's level of awareness and preparation," Bradley said. "When you win a World Series, that holds a lot of weight, it puts your name in bold font. You know, Madison Bumgarner is a big-time name, not only because of his talent level, but because of how he competes, but how he's won."
"When you add a guy like that who is very old school and very hard-nosed, you kind of perk up a little bit."
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Bradley said MadBum, after winning multiple World Series championships, is bringing that mentality to his new team in Phoenix.
"This is a guy that has not only done it but is vocalizing how he wants to do it here."