Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson had slightly different skill sets, but had remarkably similar careers. So similar that when you chart the running total of their career WAR, their careers are almost indistinguishable. Well, at least for the first 14 years or so. But then, around age 34, the two players diverge dramatically. Whereas Rickey’s […]

So Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that Barry Bonds is still trying to land a job in baseball, and that his agent, Jeff Borris, is going to personally contact all 30 teams. Borris says he is “not optimistic” that a team will want Bonds after all 30 teams passed on him last season […]

Yeah, I said it. I was hoping to get through our What They Need series with no mention of his Bondsness. After all, practically ever other baseball website out there already has thirty versions of the apparently obligatory “Team X Needs Barry Bonds” article. Moreover, I don’t think I’ve ever written one even semi-nice word […]

This week, Barry Bonds’ agent came out and quashed a rumor that Bonds might consider signing with an Independent League team. But the biggest news regarding Bonds was his agent’s revelation that Barry would sign with a Major League team for the league minimum – prorated, no less. Immediately the blogosphere responded. Joe Posnanski says […]

Usually, I’d wait until Friday for your procrastinatory reading of the week. But seeing as how many of you will be calling in sick tomorrow (coughcough! hackwheeze! sniffle!), let’s get to those links today. Babes Love Baseball has the new SI cover and it’s….bizarro! Walkoff Walk has an amazingly destructive Albert Pujols leaving nothing but […]

Joe Sheehan at Baseball Prospectus Unfiltered thinks people (or at least, Peter Schmuck) aren’t publishing The Truth about Barry Bonds. Some of his points are duly noted—Bonds is not the slow, broken player Schmuck casts him as. But with other points, you get the feeling that Schmuck just got deeply under Sheehan’s skin and then […]

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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

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