There are times, regardless of how good the advice sounds, when one needs to consider the source: Cole Hamels met with reporters earlier and detailed how he changed his off-season training. Instead of not picking up a ball like he did last off-season, Hamels followed a long tossing program he learned from Mark Prior, who Hamels […]

While I’m sort of happy for Aroldis Chapman who has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $30MM deal with Cincinatti, I have one primary question for him. If you were escaping Communist Cuba for American shores, would you really want to sign with a team called the Reds? Just asking.

First, Coley pointed me to a funny tweet courtesy of ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick: Phils special asst. Charlie Kerfeld just came up to me in the lobby. “I have a question for you,” he said. “What the heck is a Twitter?” Prior to this, I had no idea that Charlie Kerfeld was working as a special […]

“Chronological age does not have anything to do with a player of (Damon’s) genetics.” – Scott Boras Well, sure. Had Jesus Christ been around longer, I’m pretty sure that he would’ve been able to OPS over 1.000 well into his sixties. He was just that special.

While reporting on the story that three members of the Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team has been diagnosed with swine flu (including former MLBer Terrmel Sledge), ESPN makes a mistake that’s all too common. For the last time, they are not the Ham Fighters. They are simply the Fighters. Nippon Ham is the company that […]

So Pedro Martinez is taking his spot in the rotation, and Jamie Moyer is not pleased, saying that he is “disheartened,” and feels like he was “misled” by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Naturally, Amaro had to respond, so he issued the following statement. “When we signed Jamie Moyer in December it was under the […]

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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 […]