Stan Hoffman says Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with the Phillies means more than just a better shot at the championship. It means we now have to view Philly fans in a new light. The Philadelphia fan – edgier than most, oftentimes outrageous, sometimes obnoxious – has been defined for decades by the times when […]

First of all, Cliff Lee must have Stockholm Syndrome or something. Why would he go back to a team that so crushed his spirits by trading him to Seattle last year? Did the RAJ get down on his knees and beg forgiveness? There must be a no-trade clause here. Second, the narrative that appears to […]

Ruben Amaro Jr. signed Cliff Lee, and I’m over the moon. I mean, wow. But what does it all mean? It doesn’t mean the Phillies will be a lock to make the playoffs. Gaining Lee and losing Werth is pretty much a wash, and the Braves got better this offseason with the acquisition of Dan […]

This week, Fangraphs is asking readers to vote for the pitcher they think should win the AL Cy Young Award. On Saturday, Fangraphs author Dave Cameron tweeted an update: Today, the results are in and it’s Hernandez in a landslide. I didn’t vote for Hernandez, nor did I vote for Liriano. I voted for Cliff […]

Yesterday, Buster Olney gave his take on the AL Cy Young race: An interesting aspect of Cliff Lee — and part of the reason the Indians didn’t invest in a huge contract for him — is that when he misses his spots, he tends to get lit up. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday against the Orioles. […]

Today, Buster Olney takes a look at the winners and losers in the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. And he has this to say about the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization he labels a “loser”: They’re currently looking for starting pitching, after deciding to trade Lee, and the Mariners’ haul for the left-hander demonstrates […]

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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 […]