I don’t have cable, so I don’t watch Baseball Tonight or Sports Center. But I do have an MLB.tv subscription, so I get to watch most of the Phillies games and a fair number of other games, too. And I read about baseball. A lot. And, like many guys, I spend an unhealthy amount of […]

It’s been an interesting two months or so as a Met fan blathering off into the blogosphere. Not only has the team (this weekend notwithstanding) been playing better than expected thanks to good/lucky pitching and solid defense, the Mets brass have been, well, logical. Rewind back to Opening Day and maybe you’ll understand. When the […]

Before Braves management hastily muzzled Chipper Jones yesterday afternoon, the third baseman and Hooters aficionado strongly suggested that he would be retiring at the end of this season. Chipper has long said that he would hang up the cleats once he felt he was unable to significantly contribute at the Major League level. After looking […]

Having had several hours to think it over, I’m just going to go ahead and say that Bud Selig needs to reverse Jim Joyce’s call that took away Armando Galarraga’s perfect game. He has the power. Commissioners basically have unlimited power over the game. He has every reason. Right now everyone in the baseball world […]

Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson had slightly different skill sets, but had remarkably similar careers. So similar that when you chart the running total of their career WAR, their careers are almost indistinguishable. Well, at least for the first 14 years or so. But then, around age 34, the two players diverge dramatically. Whereas Rickey’s […]

As Oswalt told ESPN’s Buster Olney about his communications with Astros owner Drayton McLane: “I just kind of asked…what they were thinking as far as which direction they’re going – do they plan to get young, or try to get some more players, or what direction are they going? They didn’t really have an answer […]

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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 […]

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 […]