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 […]

I’ve already weighed in on the departure of Jayson Werth, who signed a 7-year deal with the Nationals today. Now here’s a different take, from Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan, who thinks losing Werth is no big deal: Sorry, but the Phillies would have been idiots to give Werth that deal. Those of you who bemoan […]

I went to a wedding over the summer and the groom told me he reads UmpBump. Then he asked me, “so why do you hate Ryan Howard?” I explained to him that I don’t hate Howard. I hate his contract. It’s too big and too long and he was absolutely not worth it. Frankly, I’m […]

ESPN is reporting the Mariners have signed King Felix to a contract extension. Buster Olney says it’ll be “a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $80 million.” Umpbump has learned some more contract details. Don’t ask us how. We could tell you, but then we’d have to kill you. Felix will earn a total of […]

This is interesting:’s Matthew Leach reports, “If (Matt Holliday) finishes in the top-10 in MVP balloting in 2016, a $17 million option vests for 2017.” You know what it takes to finish in the top 10 in the MVP voting? This year, it would have taken a total of 49 points. That’s about four […]

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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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