If you head over to www.brooksbaseball.net, there’s a new tool available that’s so impressive I barely know where to start using it. I’m not really in the business of the sort of in-depth and complex statistical analysis you can get from writers who really know their way around pitch f/x, but even I can appreciate […]

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 […]

The fantasy season is now in its third month. How our teams—and their stars—did last week: Sarah: I should have known. No sooner do I start crowing about my unstoppable offense than the fantasy baseball gods look down from their airy perches and decide to smite me for my hubris. The Somerville Green Sox hitters […]

So here it is at last, ladies and gentleman. Today at last the no. 1 pitching prospect in baseball, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, will make his major league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 6-3, 210 pound righthander, who was dubbed “The Minotaur” by the Dodgers blogosphere for his near mythical status as […]

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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 […]