On Wednesday, the Red Sox acquired RP Mark Melancon from the Astros for SS/IF Jed Lowrie and SP/RP Kyle Weiland. Earlier today, the Reds acquired SP Mat Latos from the Padres for 1B/OF Yonder Alondo, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Edinson Volquez and RP Brad Boxberger. I know there’s a fairly strong desire among a lot […]

As Oswalt told ESPN’s Buster Olney about his communications with Astros owner Drayton McLane: “I just kind of asked…what they were thinking as far as which direction they’re going – do they plan to get young, or try to get some more players, or what direction are they going? They didn’t really have an answer […]

This is one in a series of posts where we laud teams’ shrewd offseason acquisitions and pan their terrible trades and silly signings. Last week, the Astros signed GM Ed Wade to a 2-year contract extension, and owner Drayton McLane was quick to praise Wade: “Ed is an outstanding baseball man. He’s organized and has […]

First, Coley pointed me to a funny tweet courtesy of ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick: Phils special asst. Charlie Kerfeld just came up to me in the lobby. “I have a question for you,” he said. “What the heck is a Twitter?” Prior to this, I had no idea that Charlie Kerfeld was working as a special […]

I don’t want to sound overly-harsh, but the Astros suck. Nearly all the team’s best players are past their primes (see: Lee, Berkman, Oswalt). Their pitching is mediocre. Their farm system is barren and they’re seemingly out of money, which is a particular bummer because they’ve got vacancies at both third base and shortstop and […]

It’s bizarre enough that the Astros actually picked up the 2010 option for pitcher Brian Moehler. But even for GM Ed Wade, this quote is bat-sh%! insane: (Moehler)’s a solid pitcher whose value doesn’t always show up in the numbers. He keeps you in games and gives you a chance to win. His “value doesn’t […]

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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 […]