This is part of a series of posts wherein we belittle teams for their boneheaded winter bumbling, or else praise them their their prescient preseason ploys. The Oakland A’s had a busy offseason. Despite trimming payroll by about $10 million from last season to this season, they found some spare change in the clubhouse couch […]

Jacoby Ellsbury has been suffering from an “aggravated groin” (Fenway West). The other night at the ballpark, my friend asked me, “An aggravated groin? What’s an aggravated groin? How did he get an aggravated groin?” I replied, “I’ll have to get on that.” What I meant, was, I’ll have to figure that out. Badump-CHING! Tacoby […]

Drunk, belligerent Al Reyes to arresting officer: “Don’t tase me, bro!” (DRaysBay) In other booze news, Drunk Jays Fans is having a healthy debate about all those…drunk…Jays…fans. How apt. El Lefty Malo has an intriguing suggestion for Barry Zito: send him down. Fire Joe Morgan took their sarcastic snark to new heights yesterday with YouTube. […]

This is one of a series of posts in which we grade each team’s wily hot stove maneuvers and tragic offseason blunders. As we know, “Milwaukee” is Algonquin for “the good land.” And Milwaukee does indeed look like the good land in 2008. Last year they ended up leading the NL Central for all but […]

Before the season began, I made statements among my baseball-savvy friends that Ben Sheets may rival Johan Santana this year as the best pitcher in all of baseball. Now of course, health is a concern with Sheets (averaged 19.5 starts over past two years) but when he pitched, you can actually make a pretty good […]

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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 […]