The Dodgers matchup versus the Padres on Monday night was just about a perfect encapsulation of the team’s season. They got the win but in order to get there they needed big efforts from their two elite performers. Clayton Kershaw got the win by going the distance, giving up a couple of runs on 6 […]

Acquisitions: P Jon Garland, IF Juan Uribe, OF Marcus Thames, C Dioner Navarro, OF Tony Gwynn Jr., IF/OF Eugenio Velez, IF Aaron Miles, P Matt Guerrier, P Kenley Jansen, P Blake Hawksworth, P Mike MacDougal, P Lance Cormier, P Tim Redding Losses: Manager Joe Torre, C Russel Martin, OF Scott Podsednik, P Jeff Weaver, C […]

GM Ned Colletti just signed Matt Guerrier to a massive (for a reliever at least) 3-year, $12 million deal. Guerrier’s FIP the last three years was 5.08, 4.35, and 4.23. His xFIP was 4.58, 4.31, 4.53. His WAR was -0.4, 0.4, and 0.2. Uncle Ned strikes again! According to Fangraphs, the market is currently paying […]

We continue our occasional series wherein we examine some teams in transition and make hasty judgements about who they should hire and fire for next season. Up next: the troubled Los Angeles Dodgers. Free Agents SP Hiroki Kuroda SP Ted Lilly SP Vicente Padilla OF Reed Johnson OF Jay Gibbons C Rod Barajas Arbitration Eligible […]

With news that catching prospect Carlos Santana has been called up by the Indians, the single biggest mistake made so far (among many) by the the McCourt/Colletti regime in their mismanagement of the Dodgers is about to be exposed for all the world to see. For those of you who don’t follow the Dodgers or […]

This is part of a series of posts wherein we belittle teams for their offseason blunders, or else begrudgingly praise them for the occasional wily move. The Dodgers are such a mess I don’t even know where to begin. Things got bad in a hurry, before the offseason even started, when news of Frank and […]

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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 […]