I am simply astonished to see how often Joe Torre is making Russell Martin catch all 9 innings in interleague matchups in AL parks so far this year. Given Martin’s well-known wearing down at the end of the past two seasons due to overuse, and the fact that his poor performance this season may well […]

The big game is almost upon us and the Phils-Rays matchup has been looked at from every angle. Yet one question remains unanswered: who will Charlie Manuel use as a DH? ESPN’s Rob Neyer says “the speculation is that Chris Coste will DH against the lefty (Scott Kazmir) and Matt Stairs may take the lead […]

If you’ve ever argued in favor of the designated hitter by saying, “pitchers can’t hit,” I give you exhibit A of my rebuttal — Brett Allen Myers. He’s 3 for 3 today with two runs and three RBIs. And we’re not done yet.

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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 […]