Today, on the last day of the Major League season, at least according to the schedule, we kick off “Hirings and Firings,” our new, occasional series on what teams should do with its roster this offseason. We begin with the Red Sox, who disappointed their rabid fanbase this season by (literally) limping to a distant […]

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s line in his start this week: Nick Swisher’s line in one inning of relief: From my perspective, this basically sums up the week.

This week, in honor of the World Baseball Classic, we are coming up with “All-Time Teams” for as many of the participating nations as we can. Having already checked out the Canadians and the Italians, we now turn to the Japanese. Creating an all-time team for Japan is an interesting exercise because many legitimately great […]

Earlier today, Alejandro and I previewed the weekend’s Sox-Sox series. I said that the White Sox could win by being patient,drawing walks, and tiring out the Red Sox starters. Get to the bullpen, I advised, and then let ‘er rip. Alejandro argued that the Red Sox could win by staking an early lead. In Game […]

It’s Sox versus Sox this weekend, as the Chicago White Sox come to Fenway for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The two Sox are separated by only one game in the loss column, with the Boston team 4.5 games behind the first-place Rays (and playing them six times in September) in the […]

Yankees fireballer Joba Chamberlain will make his long-awaited debut as a starter on Tuesday. He will be limited to 70 pitches. The entire East Coast media will be drooling. Pedro Martinez will also make his long-awaited return to the Mets’ rotation Tuesday. Pedro claims that the Mets clubhouse would have been looser if he had […]

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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 […]