Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin has a new article out today, where he calls the Phillies a dynasty and predicts that “the Phillies will still be one helluva ball club in 2013.” Conlin predicts a 2013 lineup that’ll look like this: CF Shane Victorino SS Freddy Galvis RF Hunter Pence 1B Ryan Howard LF […]

On Monday, I wrote that Jamie Moyer would not make the Hall of Fame. It was only a matter of time before Philadelphia News columnist Bill Conlin wrote something expressing the opposite opinion. Oh Bill, we really are the original Odd Couple! I’m not going to critique Bill’s column. That would be too easy. Instead, […]

If you read his column, you know ESPN’s Buster Olney regularly links to pieces by sportswriters all over the country. Today, Olney writes, “Bill Conlin wonders why there is not more support for Tim Raines.” I read that and I thought, “No way.” As a rule, Conlin and I don’t agree. He thinks Jimmy Rollins […]

I’m going to post my own World Series preview later today, where I go position by position. But first I wanted to point out that Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin has his own preview up, where he compares the Phillies lineup to the Yankees lineup. Much of the column is fine, but he starts […]

Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin is, we know, a class act with an open mind. But even Conlin can’t resist the chance to say “I told you so,” and this time he’s bragging about just how right he was about Raul Ibanez. I saw Ibanez play often the past 3 years and didn’t need […]

Today Philly Daily News columnist Bill Conlin tells us to rest easy — Raul Ibanez is going to be way better than Pat Burrell ever was. And the 2009 Phillies lineup, which is chock full of lefthanded hitters, will be much improved. From Philly.com: Manuel will have some flexibility. You could see a lineup against […]

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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 […]