The mystery in Boston this hot-stove season: come April, who will be closing games for the Red Sox? The mystery persists. But today, a clue. Let me begin at the beginning. So, last season the Boston Red Sox took one for the MLB team when they hired Allard Baird, the man who (un)made the Kansas City Royals, to […]

Even the most die-hard Red Sox fan will admit that some of the decisions that GM Theo Epstein (aka Hunky McDreamboat to the pink hats) have been a little shaky. Last season, Epstein signed Coco Crisp to a big deal. This offseason, he will try to trade Crisp. The season before that, Epstein signed Matt […]

Word is that the Red Sox are looking for more veteran baseball guys to surround wonderboy Theo Epstein. On of the men the club could be turning to is already under its roof. Former Royals general manager Allard Baird has served as a special adviser to Theo Epstein the past few months and the the […]

You are, for the purposes of this post, both Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino and Sox GM Theo Epstein. (This leads to some nasty migranes, but stay with me.) And you want to cultivate the Sox of tomorrow—the young arms and bats toiling away in the farm system. You want to find add fresh, young talent […]

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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 […]