Sal Fasano, the journeyman catcher whose facial hair promted the formation of one of the most passionate fan groups ever, Sal’s Pals, is back in the bigs. The Indians acquired Fasano from the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later. The Indians needed a catcher after the club lost starter Victor Martinez, who […]

Meeeeeeeeeemories…. Light the corners of my miiiiiiiinnnnnndddd… Misty, watercolor meeeeeeemoriiiiieeeeesss…. Of the way we were… 

Today the Arizona Daily Star has a lovely little feature on Bill Hohn, who has umpired major-league baseball games for 18 seasons and is now rehabbing in Tucson after injuries stalled his career. From the Daily Star: In the last two years, he has had three surgeries to repair herniated disks in his lower back […]

The facial hair situation for the White Sox has gotten even worse since last month. At least this time it’s UFH for a good cause! Nick Swisher gets a dye job on his UFH from Jeremy Campus, who has cancer, to raise awareness about breast cancer for Mother’s Day, which is this coming Sunday. (Let’s […]

They say laws are like sausages: you never want to see them being made. Allow me to add a third item to that list: mustaches. Granted, there is no facial hairstyle that rivals the mustache for pure machismo or sex appeal (see: Selleck, Brimley, Daulerio). But while a fully-formed mustache is a thing of beauty, […]

Red Sox set-up man Manny Delcarmen, sporting a newly lengthened goatee, seems to be kicking it old school: Almost “ancient school,” you might say:

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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 […]

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