Acquisitions:  2B Dan Uggla, RHP Scott Linebrink, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Rodrigo Lopez, 1B/3B/OF Joe Mather, MGR Fredi Gonzalez Losses:  OF Rick Ankiel, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, 1B/3B Troy Glaus, 1B Derek Lee, LHP Mike Dunn, IF Omar Infante, RHP Kyle Cofield, CL Billy Wagner, OF Matt Diaz, MGR Bobby Cox Projected Roster: LF Martin Prado […]

  I should welcome Chipper Jones’ retirement, which seems imminent. I’m a Phillies fan, and Jones killed the Phils. Over his career, he hit .337/.452/.610 against Philadelphia. That’s just mean. Chipper named his youngest son Shea, because he loved to hit at Shea Stadium. But make no mistake about it, he hit even better at […]

Today, Rob Neyer linked to a eulogy of Paul Hemphill, the recently deceased author of “Long Gone,” among other novels. But if you want to read a really great story about Hemphill, check out my buddy Doug Monroe’s 2005 article, “Hemphill’s Return,” which compares the Atlanta author to country music legend Hank Williams. I met […]

The Atlanta Braves had a disappointing 2008, winning only 72 games and finishing in fourth place. But some of that was just bad luck. After all, the team’s Pythagorean record was 79 wins. That’s the good news. The bad news is that 79 wins still would have left them 13 games out of first. This […]

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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 […]