As prediction columns start to pop up around the web, it seems it’s that time of year where I throw out my own guesses for the coming year. My track record isn’t great (to put it mildly), but it’s always fun to go through the various end of season awards every spring and take a […]

At the beginning of this month the Arizona Diamondbacks fired highly regarded GM Josh Byrnes and replaced him with interim GM Jerry DiPoto, a former major league reliever who pitched for the Rockies as recently as 2000. It took only a few weeks for DiPoto to drive his franchise off a cliff. The news came […]

Yesterday, Fangraphs had some fun with ERA estimators and came up with a list of players we can reasonably expect will be better in the second half of the season. Dan Haren was on that list. The reason? Haren has been unlucky in 2010. More batted balls are falling for hits, and more fly balls […]

At any given time there are no more than a handful of pitchers in baseball that you can call true aces. Pitchers who are not only good enough to be the number one starter on your team, but are so good you wouldn’t hesitate to throw them in any game, against any opponent and feel […]

Can Brandon Webb, Connor Jackson and the Dbacks bounce back from an ugly 2009?

Earlier this week the Arizona Republic’s Paola Boivin made her case that Dan Haren should get the all-star game start instead of Tim Lincecum: Like Haren, San Francisco’s Lincecum, 25, has pitched brilliantly, but Haren, 28, has a better ERA (2.01 vs. 2.33), better opponent batting average (.219 vs. 270) and better strikeouts-to-walk ratio (8.06 […]

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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 […]

According to the internet, "The Little Napoleon" John McGraw was the greatest manager of all time.

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 […]