Today, on the last day of the Major League season, at least according to the schedule, we kick off “Hirings and Firings,” our new, occasional series on what teams should do with its roster this offseason. We begin with the Red Sox, who disappointed their rabid fanbase this season by (literally) limping to a distant […]

Today, the Cincinnati Reds won their 90th game of the 2010 season, marking the first time they have won at least 90 games since the 1999 campaign 11 years ago. Ah, the 1999 Reds. You may not remember the 1999 Reds, but I certainly remember them. As a team that was almost great. The 1999 […]

Dear ESPN copy editors, Monday was at least the second time you’ve run a “Cain Is Able” headline on the front page. You’ve run variations on this headline in the past. Other sites have used the headline, too. Here’s an info box where you used “Cain Is Able” as the header: It’s time to think of […]

We turn now to center fielders as we continue our ongoing series wherein we seek out the best players of all time at each position using the preposterous method of randomly googling the first top-10 lists we can find at that position and adding up the rankings. As in the past, the rankings are on […]

It’s time to continue our ongoing series wherein we derive rankings for the top players of all time at each position on the diamond by adding up each player’s rankings on the first ten top-10 lists to appear in a Google search, on the somewhat suspect assumption that millions of clicks and thousands of links […]

Continuing with our ongoing series wherein we rank the greatest players of all time by aggregating the first ten “top 10” lists at each position discovered through a Google search, we turn in this edition to first basemen. As in past posts, we used a 1000-point scale by subtracting each player’s ranking on each top-10 […]

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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 […]