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Madison Bumgarner Derby appearance could raise money for charity

Madison Bumgarner is without question one the best power-hitting pitchers in the major leagues. So much so that the San Francisco Giants ace has expressed interest in competing in the Home Run Derby at the 2016 All-Star Game at San Diego’s Petco Park.

While the determination regarding whether or not Bumgarner will get the chance to showcase his home run-hitting prowess remains up in the air, a company nevertheless has stepped forward and laid out a plan where money would be donated to charity should he compete.

Workwear company Carhartt announced that it would donate $1,000 for every homer Bumgarner hits during his potential participation in the Home Run Derby, with proceeds benefiting Helmets for Hardhats, a charity that strives to assist military members transition into civilian life.

“Madison will likely end his career as baseball’s most prolific, all-time home run hitting pitcher. In addition, we have seen first-hand the power he has swinging an axe on his ranch,” said Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing at Carhartt, in a press release, via Big League Stew. “So we are hoping baseball will give him a chance to put on a show in San Diego and raise a lot of money for our service men and women seeking to transition into civilian life.”

Bumgarner has a previous charitable relationship with Carhartt, with the company working with him on his “Strikeouts for Vets” campaign. Every time Bumgarner strikes out a batter — which is often — the company makes a $500 donation. So far this season, $57,500 has been raised.

While there’s no way Bumgarner and Carhartt could raise the kind of money it will generate this season via the ace’s strikeout count in a potential Home Run Derby appearance, it certainly adds a new wrinkle to the discussion concerning whether or not he should participate. This is all the more true given Giants skipper Bruce Bochy says the team remains “open-minded” about the pitcher taking a crack at the Derby.