When last UmpBump cast its wary eye on Olympic baseball, we were bemused to see that the IOC and something called the “International Baseball Federation” (presumably, the precursor to the United Federation of Planets) had actually changed the rules of the game: Each team’s at-bat in the 11th inning and beyond will begin with runners […]

The passion frequently displayed by Kevin Youkilis in the batter’s box has been a subject of amusement to fans. As hilarious spoof site Call of the Green Monster will amply demonstrate: Several Injured During Youkilis Strikeout-Related Temper Tantrum For Kevin Youkilis, every single at bat is an epic life-and-death struggle, with the fate of the […]

Oh my God. It’s Friday! Finally! To give you a sense of where things stand at UmpBump HQ, en route to the office this morning I took a sharp left turn with my cup o’ Joe not properly secured in the cup holder (evidently). Now I have no coffee to drink, and altogether too much […]

On a night when Bobby Cox set the major league record for most ejections in a career, Jose Offerman actually managed to one-up him with an ejection of his own. By charging the mound. With a bat. Hitting both the opposing pitcher and catcher. And getting arrested. After finding himself out of a job in MLB […]

This is the kind of thing that doesn’t happen nearly often enough in baseball. According to ESPN.com, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged 3B Shea Hillenbrand to a fight shortly before the Jays cut Hillenbrand on Wednesday. Gibbons has acknowledged that he challenged Hillenbrand to a fight, saying, “He had a chance yesterday to defend […]

The Sunday afternoon in which M. Barrett landed a right uppercut in A.J. Pierzynksi’s mug, I thought to myself, “how in the hell can A.J. be alright?” I mean, it was direct hit to his head; it looked as if it were strong enough to give him a concussion. But there he was, saluting the […]

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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 […]