It’s graduation season! A lot of honors handed out (unless you’re Obama). So what better time to tackle a topic like Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame candidacy? No better time, says I. There are two ways to get into the Hall: You’ve got to be very good over a long peroid of time and rack […]

I mentioned in a recent post that I thought there was a decent case to be made for Albert Belle’s induction into Cooperstown. Apparently, I’m in the minority. Yesterday, Bell got bounced from the Hall of Fame ballot after receiving 21 fewer votes than the previous year and less than five percent of the total […]

I was reading Philadelphia Inquirer baseball writer Jim Salisbury’s Baseball Notes column today. Salisbury (unlike David Aldridge and 67 other Philly newsroom employees) still has a job at the Inky. For better or worse. Salisbury notes in his Notes that tomorrow is the day we find out which players will be in the 2007 Hall […]

Here’s an update on a story we lifted reported last month. Former Orioles/White Sox/Indians slugger Albert Belle (mugshot from deadspin.com) was denied bond after a second arrest on stalking charges: On Friday, he appeared before Judge James Keppel to request release from jail. Keppel turned him down. In his ruling Monday, Keppel wrote, “that the […]

Albert, what’s going on? This is totally out of character: Albert Belle was arrested on a new stalking charge for allegedly making phone calls to a woman he already was charged with harassing. The 39-year-old former baseball star was arrested by Scottsdale, Ariz., police at his home Wednesday after they investigated new allegations that he […]

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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 […]