This is one in a series of posts where we laud teams’ shrewd offseason acquisitions and pan their terrible trades and silly signings. Last week, the Astros signed GM Ed Wade to a 2-year contract extension, and owner Drayton McLane was quick to praise Wade: “Ed is an outstanding baseball man. He’s organized and has […]

So the Phillies are letting Brett Myers walk, and you can feel pretty confident that the biggest reason he’s not sticking around is he was a giant pain in the ass during his Philly tenure. But let’s give credit where credit is due. Myers’ parting words were classy: “I was just like, `OK, thanks for […]

If you’ve ever argued in favor of the designated hitter by saying, “pitchers can’t hit,” I give you exhibit A of my rebuttal — Brett Allen Myers. He’s 3 for 3 today with two runs and three RBIs. And we’re not done yet.

Baseball Prospectus has a formula called Secret Sauce that they use to predict who will play in the World Series. The formula focuses in on three criteria: 1. Pitchers that strike out batters. 2. A stud closer. 3. A good defense. Here’s how SI’s John Donovan describes the formula: The “Secret Sauce,” as BP call […]

When the Phillies traded for Brad Lidge and announced they would move Brett Myers from the bullpen to the starting rotation, every baseball writer worth his salt wrote some version of the following sentence: “Cole Hamels needed help at the top of the rotation, and the Phillies weren’t going to get it by diving head-first […]

Let me start this post by saying that, at this juncture, with less than a month left in the regular season, I tend to throw all predictive stats out the window. With so little time left, very close divisional races such as the ones we still have in the AL Central, NL East, and NL […]

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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 […]

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Annual UmpBump Hall of Fame Balloting: 2011 Edition

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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 […]