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 […]

Every season, weird stuff happens. And this season is no exception. Some of these mysteries are easily solved. Barry Zito, for example, was 2008’s biggest train wreck. Now he’s back, with his best FIP in four seasons, and his best K/9 since 2002. How’s he doing it? Turns out, he learned a slider. Then there’s […]

It wasn’t all that long ago that premier A’s blog Athletics Nation was wondering if Billy Beane wasn’t losing his touch, and a majority of voters in their poll said that Brian Sabean of all people was “out-GMing” Beane this offseason. But now, in the fullness of time, Beane’s offseason is looking pretty good. Beane […]

The Yankees signed Mark Teixeira today and the effects of the signing were wide ranging. Let’s take a look at who benefitted and who didn’t. The Winners The Yankees: They got the best first baseman on the market and, outside of Albert Pujols, probably the best first baseman in baseball. Teixiera will represent a major […]

Today the New York Post’s Joel Sherman tells us Rafael Furcal is likely to sign with the Oakland A’s, because Oakland is offering the most money. But Furcal isn’t excited about playing in Oakland. In fact, between the A’s, Dodgers, Royals and Braves, the A’s are his last choice. He is comfortable with the Royals […]

Billy Beane has done it again. Frank Thomas has cleared waivers and will rejoin his old team, the Oakland A’s, for mere pennies: The deal came together in a matter of hours Wednesday after Thomas cleared waivers…Oakland will be on the hook only for about $337,000 — a prorated share of the $390,000 league minimum […]

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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 […]