In every mention of Mariano Rivera breaking the all time saves record, it seems to be a contractual requirement to also point out that he is ‘The Greatest Reliever of All Time’. Leaving aside the difficulty of comparing a modern, one inning, reliever to their more heavily used forbearers, there is clearly little dispute that Rivera […]

Closers seem to have been the focal point of many points recently. Mariano Rivera has just notched up his 600th save and should pass Trevor Hoffman’s all time saves record in the next week or so. Jose Valverde hasn’t blown a save all year as the Tigers storm towards the post season. Craig Kimbrel is […]

I’m not exactly sure what Trevor Hoffman was doing this offseason, but at this point it wouldn’t surprise me if he had been wandering the depths of the Florida Everglades with a map left behind by Ponce De León. Because since the 41-year-old Hoffman came off the DL in mid-April, he has been pitching about […]

In yesterday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch, Derrick Goold quotes Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirming that despite closer Ryan Franklin’s recent struggles, that no change in the bullpen hierarchy was going to happen: “When Franklin is fresh, he’s going to get the ninth inning. He’s the best guy we have for that role.” Today, ESPN […]

There are three inevitabilities in life: death, taxes, and an unsatisfactory roster of MLB All-Stars. Sure, it may be trite to even bother blogging about such a clichéd topic. But this year, there seems to be a new reason to be unhappy – Closers.  NL Manager Tony LaRussa has decided to carry six Closers out […]

There’s a great story in Slate today about the songs that closers choose to accompany them when they enter a game. I love that the whole phenomenon was pretty much pioneered by Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a fictional character in that classic baseball movie, Major League.  And I really, really love that Smoltz’s song was, […]

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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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