Now that the Rays have been booted from the playoffs, we will continue our occasional series examining at what contending teams should aim to do with their rosters in the offseason by having a look at Tampa Bay’s roster situation: Free Agents OF Carl Crawford 1B Carlos Pena CL Rafael Soriano RP Grant Balfour RP […]

Today Justin Upton got a six-year $50M contract from the Diamondbacks, and it was well-deserved. Upton seems poised for greatness, and Arizona did the right thing locking him up. Landing the big bucks hasn’t been so easy for Justin’s brother, Rays center fielder BJ Upton. BJ was drafted by the Rays in 2002 and signed […]

“I loved the peek at the wall, that’s the part that really turned me on” Who Said It? Was it: a)  a 13-year old seeing the 1981 movie “Porky’s” for the first time? or b) Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon talking about B.J. Upton’s over-the-shoulder catch on Monday night? Well, this is a baseball blog. […]

I’m all for recognizing true defensive excellence in baseball. Far too often, we the fans ignore the runs that were prevented in favor of runs that were scored. Which is why I felt that Tampa Bay’s acquisition of Jason Bartlett from the Minnesota Twins back in November was a pretty good one. Not only were […]

This morning, a source emailed me the following screen capture: Poor Justin Upton. Like younger siblings everywhere, you will always, apparently, be stuck in the shadow of your older brother. Even though you are a highly touted prospect on one of the youngest, most overperforming teams in the majors, and big bro BJ is centerfielder […]

I’m a big believer in the utility of batting average on balls put in play, or BA/BIP, as a means of determining which players are likely to improve or decline over the rest of the season. The theory is that pitchers can only consistently control four things – home runs allowed, walks allowed, strikeouts recorded, […]

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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 […]