You may recall back in August, Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal penned an article asking why no one was paying attention to the fact that the great Jeff Francoeur, then of the Mets, was about to hit an historic milestone that has only been reached by hundreds and hundreds of people before him […]

I’m simply going to have to assume that he snuck onto a farm and was kicked in the face by a sheep in an attempt to have his way with it. Now deny that one, A.J. Explain yourself. And until he does, I urge everyone to write in the comments section how you think he […]

Aren’t we all glad that ESPN.com has started more regional coverage by creating satellites like ESPN Los Angeles and ESPN Dallas (soon to come – ESPN Sheboygan!)? Because without their commitment to reporting exactly what their regions desire, we never would have known that the White Sox’ resident hobbit, Brent Lillibridge, stood in a midnight […]

UPDATE: So if I’m going to write about a writer’s boneheaded opinion, I feel the need to point out when he/she retracts that statement. And Pearlman has done just that. So kudos to him. I’m not going to take down the following post, because I think the point still stands. But I do greatly respect […]

One point upon which stat geeks and grit-o-philes can agree is that swinging at balls outside the strike zone is a bad idea. I mean, sure, guys like Yogi Berra and Vlad Guerrero became superstars despite their penchant for being less selective than Mark Grace in a slump. But unless you’re a freak, plate discipline […]

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! After a grueling competition that has lasted 13 months, during which time the judges read dozens and dozens of submissions, we are finally able to award the coveted title of “NY Sportswriter Most In Love With Jeff Francoeur”. And the winner of this prestigious award is… Mike Sielski […]

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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 […]

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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 […]