One of my coworkers, the fabulous Justin Fox, has a family tradition of creating an elaborate gingerbread structure every holiday season. This year, the Foxes really outdid themselves with an edible recreation of historic Fenway Park: I don’t know what part’s my favorite — the gummi players (two of whom apparently had to dive on […]

After Marvin Miller came within one vote of making the Hall of Fame, there were naturally some questions about who said nay. Miller himself discussed the matter with Murray Chass, the former New York Times writer who now, in semi-retirement, publishes what he calls “columns” on his own “web site.” Miller passed a rumor to […]

Every now and then on Teh Interwebs, you read something that you know — you just know — simply cannot be true. Today, I read one of those things when I read that the Indians of Cleveland are major league baseball’s most-hated team. And yet, according to Nielsen, they are. And while I find it […]

This is one of a series of posts in which we verbally disembowel those teams that wandered witlessly through the winter while piling praise on those that engineered enviable engagements with the players of their choosing. What’s interesting to me about New York’s winter is that they actually made a major trade. (What, you mean […]

This post is part of a series in which we lob hosannas in the general direction of any team *with* a sense of direction, and throw scorn-grenades at those teams that wandered aimlessly through the wasteland of the offseason as if waiting for some all-knowing beneficent deity to rain prospects upon them like manna from […]

The bettors have spoken, and the odds for the 2010 Fall Classic are set. They’re bullish on the Yanks repeating as world champs, giving the Bronx Bombers 3-1 odds. They’re higher on the Boston Red Sox than the Beantowners’ own sour-pussed fans are, giving the Red Stockings 6-1 odds. But the surprise candidate may be […]

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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 […]

January 5, 2011

Annual UmpBump Hall of Fame Balloting: 2011 Edition

In what has become an annual tradition, we here at UmpBump cast our ballots for the Hall of Fame on the eve of the announcements of the voting for the real Hall of Fame. Voters can vote for anyone ever who has been retired from baseball for at least five years and is not already […]

According to the internet, "The Little Napoleon" John McGraw was the greatest manager of all time.

October 19, 2010

Crowdsourcing the Greats: The Top 10 Managers of All Time

Now that we’ve looked at every position on the diamond, as well as relief pitchers, we are nearing the end of our “Crowdsourcing the Greats” series. But before we finish, let’s turn one more time to the internet hoi polloi for answers on who the greatest baseball manager of all time was. As usual, we […]