Today the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner brings us an article titled Retaining Sabathia should be Yankees’ top priority. I disagree with that sentiment. When the Yankees signed CC Sabathia to a 7-year, $161 million contract before the 2009 season, they took a big risk. Pitchers are a crap shoot. All of them. Some more […]

Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin has a new article out today, where he calls the Phillies a dynasty and predicts that “the Phillies will still be one helluva ball club in 2013.” Conlin predicts a 2013 lineup that’ll look like this: CF Shane Victorino SS Freddy Galvis RF Hunter Pence 1B Ryan Howard LF […]

I have a buddy named Andy who is your typical obnoxious Yankees fan. He’s also an astronomy post doc and, as such, has a pretty solid background in statistics. Yesterday, Andy read an article by Nate Silver that put the Red Sox collapse into mathematical terms. As far as Andy was concerned, Silver’s numbers didn’t […]

Just three weeks ago I said to anyone who would listen, “the end of this baseball season is boring.” You said it too. Admit it. There were no compelling playoff races, save for the AL West. And it wasn’t long before that division got boring, too. Pundits pointed to the lack of drama in the […]

This week, I did something a little rash. I splurged and bought two tickets to the first NLDS game at Chase Field. As a Phillies fan living in Tucson, AZ, I’m hoping that the Diamondbacks end up playing the Phillies in the first round. When I bought the tickets, that scenario looked likely. Now? All […]

On Wednesday, Fangraphs’ Jeff Zimmerman weighed in on Ichiro’s Hall of Fame candidacy. Ichiro didn’t join MLB until he was 27, so Zimmerman took the production of all hitters from 27 years of age and older and put them against Ichiro’s career numbers. His conclusion: If a person looks at his production since he was […]

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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 […]