3. He’s fun to watch
There’s a very real chance that the San Francisco Giants will not be all that fun to watch next season.
Unless they make some expansive upgrades or they have several players vastly improve upon their performance in 2019, I don’t really see them being legitimate contenders.
Therefore, from the perspective of a selfish fan, I want there to be at least some reason to watch a team that may be headed for a fourth straight losing season. And while Bumgarner is not the only player who is fun and exciting to watch, he would be one of a select few.
I’d say Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubon are two others I’m looking forward to seeing more of, but I would really miss that 6’5″ beast out on the mound every fifth day, blowing snot rockets and hitting occasional home runs while jawing with an umpire or giving a batter the evil eye after some perceived disrespect.
Last season, my family and I went to see Bumgarner start in Milwaukee, partly thinking it was our last chance to see him as a Giant. But also because we knew that with him on the mound, the Giants had the best chance to be competitive.
He’s a fan favorite, he’s fun to watch, and he’s a good pitcher. I think that those three reasons are more than enough to want Madison Bumgarner back with the San Francisco Giants in 2020 and beyond.