This is part of a series of posts wherein we rake teams over the coals for their offseason blunders and sparingly praise them for the occasional wily move. It has been a dismal 12 months for Chicago’s Northsiders. Just one year ago, the Cubs were coming off of a 97-win season, had seemed to have […]

The Cubbies entered the off-season with precious little room for error, due to their already bloated payroll and long term salary commitments, and they’ve already erred by committing two-years and $7.5 million to lefty John Grabow, who walked five batters every nine innings last season. Now Chicago looks poised to make a second blunder. Word […]

In tonight’s game between the Reds and the Cubs, Cubs starter Rich Harden had already run up a pitch count of 103 through 4 innings of work, despite only allowing 1 run, so Cubs manager Lou Pinella opted to remove him from the game (wisely, I would say, given Harden’s legendary fragility). Harden left with […]

This is turning out to be WAR-pie weekend. I got a request from a commenter for a Cubs WAR pie, so here it is. Sure enough, Kevin Gregg, with his -0.4 WAR, does not make the pie… What immediately jumps out at you about this pie is how small it is. The Cubs total team […]

Did you see Alfonso Soriano’s walk-off grand slam last night? He needed a deep fly ball to win the game, and man did he hit it deep. Over the center field wall, in fact. The home run was great. But Soriano’s celebration after the shot? That was a little much. First, Soriano stands and watches […]

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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 […]