By Joe Tarring In Sunday night’s Cardinals v Reds game, Zack Cozart was running hard to second on a potential double play ball, forcing a rushed throw to the shortstop by Skip Schumaker. Stretching to catch the feed, Ryan Theriot’s foot was pulled off the bag and Cozart was called safe. Replays were inconclusive but […]

By Mike Harakel If I would have asked any intelligent baseball fan at the beginning of the year where the Pittsburgh Pirates would have finished this season odds are I would have gotten a lot of last place or second to last place in the National League Central. Look at the standings on July 20th […]

By Evan Sporer Chicks dig the long ball, that’s for certain. But since former senator George Mitchell released a report in December 2007 outlining steroid usage in baseball, homerun totals have been down, and pitchers have begun to dominate the game. This year has been no different. Aside from Blue Jay’s slugger Jose Bautista, no […]

By Victor Filoromo Insert your own favorite Jayson Werth money joke here. Go ahead; we’ll give you a second. Good? Alright. While that may make you chuckle, fans in Washington are hardly laughing out loud when they have to take a look at Jayson Werth’s debut season with the Nationals. Maybe the only people snickering […]

This just doesn’t happen. Teams just don’t go from 96 losses one year to 97 wins the next. One of the worst defenses in baseball history doesn’t become one of the five best in the league over one offseasons. Teams that were 200-1 to win the pennant before the year begins really aren’t supposed to […]

What happened to the Cubs this season? Guest author Melissa Rakestraw takes us from heady summer days to autumn nights chilly with defeat, and, as a bonus, ranks the three worst heartbreaks in recent Cubbies history. The 2008 Chicago Cubs, 97-64, NL Central Division Champs. It was not much of a surprise to me to […]

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December 5, 2011

Will anybody get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you would like to see enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The verdict? If it were up to UmpBump readers, nobody would make it in. The leading vote getter (so far) is Jeff Bagwell, who has 60% support. Of course, in the real voting, players need […]

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