This is part of a series of posts wherein we rake teams over the coals for their offseason blunders and sparingly praise them for the occasional wily move. It has been a dismal 12 months for Chicago’s Northsiders. Just one year ago, the Cubs were coming off of a 97-win season, had seemed to have […]

Did you see Alfonso Soriano’s walk-off grand slam last night? He needed a deep fly ball to win the game, and man did he hit it deep. Over the center field wall, in fact. The home run was great. But Soriano’s celebration after the shot? That was a little much. First, Soriano stands and watches […]

I have a special kind of respect for a good leadoff hitter. I think this stems from the fact that ever since I started playing tee ball at the age of seven, I knew I wasn’t a power hitter. I was short then and am short now (barely 5’6). But I always had a knack […]

So the Social Security set of Major League Baseball continues to rake it in. On the heels of the Dodgers throwing $18.5 million for two years at old-for-his-age Nomar Garciaparra (a rickety 33), other teams continue to add past-their-prime stars to their rosters. Greying Mike Mussina (38) re-upped with the Yankees for a slightly less than he was making […]

It’s a whole new ballgame. Now that Alfonso Soriano has signed with the Cubs, the free agent market takes on a different look. Soriano is gone. Alou is gone. Sheffield is gone. If you’re a GM in search of a big bat, you better move quickly, because there aren’t too many options left out there. […]

Free agents are signing faster and earlier than ever before as teams look to lock up coveted players in what looks to be the hottest market in several years. Sunday news broke that the Cubs signed Alfonso Soriano to a ridiculous 8-year contract worth $136 million that also reportedly includes a full no-trade clause. 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 […]