This week, I did something a little rash. I splurged and bought two tickets to the first NLDS game at Chase Field. As a Phillies fan living in Tucson, AZ, I’m hoping that the Diamondbacks end up playing the Phillies in the first round. When I bought the tickets, that scenario looked likely. Now? All […]

Is there really no team interested in trading for Diamondbacks 1B Adam LaRoche, who will be a free agent after this season (unless both he and the Diamondbacks exercise mutual options)? Since the all-star break, LaRoche has a .324/.369/.578 line. That’s hardly a fluke. For his career, LaRoche has a .252/.327/.449 line in the first […]

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 […]

Paul is busting my balls this morning because of something I wrote at the beginning of the season. In February, I wrote: “The Arizona Diamondbacks could win the NL West in 2010.” Note, I didn’t pick the Dbacks to win in 2010. I picked the Rockies. But Paul’s still giving me crap just because I […]

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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 […]