Everybody wants Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner to compete in the Home Run Derby except his team, so it probably won't happen

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With all due respect to Bartolo Colon, San Francisco Giants' lefty Madison Bumgarner is the best hitting pitcher in all of baseball.

His 13 career homers (including a rare four-bagger against Clayton Kershaw) lead all active pitchers, and in batting practice on Sunday he put on a show, launching several balls into the upper decks of Busch Stadium.

Such hitting prowess has Bumgarner itching for a spot in this year's Home Run Derby.

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"I want to do it," Bumgarner told ESPN's Buster Olney on Sunday.

The only problem is that Giants' manager Bruce Bochy — the one person whose opinion on the matter actually counts — isn't on board with letting Bumgarner participate.

"No, to be serious, I couldn't let him do it," Bochy said. "We couldn't let him do it."

Bochy had previously said he would let Bumgarner hit in the derby if asked, but now he is understandably (if a bit disappointingly) too worried about his star pitcher wearing himself down swinging the bat.

"He's convinced he could win it," Bochy continued. "I think he would wear himself down in the first round, he'd try to hit it so hard."

The Giants currently sit atop the NL West standings with a record of 35-24. Bumgarner, for his part, is 7-2 in 12 starts with a 1.91 ERA. Bochy is certainly more focused on keeping Bumgarner healthy and on the mound come playoffs.

But Bumgarner's ability with a bat in his hand is arguably more impressive.

And really, the idea of one pitcher participating each year in the Home Run Derby is too good to pass up. If Bochy won't let Bumgarner compete, perhaps Terry Collins will let Bartolo Colon replace him.

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Everybody wants Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner to compete in the Home Run Derby except his team, so it probably won't happen

T-25. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees & James Shields, San Diego Padres: $21,000,000

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24. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: $21,118,782

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23. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: $21,142,857

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22. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: $21,571,428

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21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,607,142

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20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,857,142

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T-18. Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies & Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: $22,000,000

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17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers: $22,125,000

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16. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: $22,142,857

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15. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: $22,750,000

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14. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: $23,000,000

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13. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: $23,125,000

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12. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers: $23,500,000

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11. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $24,000,000

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T-7. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies; Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels; Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: $25,000,000

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6. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $25,857,142

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T-4. Miguel Cabrera & Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $28,000,000

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3. David Price, Boston Red Sox: $30,000,000

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2. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: $34,000,000

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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34,571,428

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