Back in March we lambasted the Washington Post’s Cameron Smith for suggesting that Pudge Rodriguez represented a huge step forward for the Astros. (Frankly, I’m still a little shocked he wrote that post. Maybe he lost a bet?) Today, I’m here to gloat. Because Pudge did not make the Astros a contender, as Smith suggested […]

With the season one-third gone now, it’s become pretty clear which players were only slumping and which players actually just suck at baseball. And yet on every team there is at least one player which for foolish reasons, whether it be an over-developed sense of loyalty, a case of GM-player man-love, a reputation for grit […]

This is one of a series of posts in which we berate teams for their offseason blunders and grudgingly praise them for the occasional wily move. Here it is folks – your best bet for the worst team in the Major Leagues in 2009. After a brutal offseason a year ago in which owner Drayton […]

What could I say about the future of the Houston Astros that won’t make me sound like a hater? … Well… You can still probably get away with calling Carlos Lee “pudgy” instead of “obese”. Does that count? The 2008 Houston Astros was the oldest squad in the National League. Out of those who accumulated […]

It’s intervention time, people. Astros GM Ed Wade is reportedly in talks to trade for Padres starting pitcher Randy Wolf . This is the act of a desperate man. He needs our help. The problem is…well, there are lots of problems. But first and foremost, Wolf isn’t that good. He’s been added and dropped by […]

The Houston Astros are in shambles. After a hot start, they completely tanked in May and June and are now in a closely-fought battle with the Reds for last place in the 6-team NL Central. So big changes need to be made.  And they need to start in the front office. Owner Drayton McLane can’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 […]

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Annual UmpBump Hall of Fame Balloting: 2011 Edition

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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 […]