Houston GM Ed Wade has gotten a lotta crap for the moves he’s made this offseason. Nick, who is not prone to hyperbole, just wrote a post describing Wade’s “overwhelming incompetence.” And his is a pretty popular sentiment on the internets. I’ve defended Wade in the past. But not today. I think his moves this offseason […]

Josh Byrnes of the Diamondbacks is quickly establishing his credentials as the best general manager in the game today. Has this guy made a bad move yet since he took over as D-Backs GM after the 2005 season? First, he deserves huge credit for putting his faith in his highly talented young prospects last year […]

Every December and every July for the past few seasons, Miguel Tejada has been a standby of the trade rumor mill. No longer. The Orioles, looking to start afresh, are shopping all their big-name players this winter and today, they traded Tejada to the Astros for five younguns: Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Troy Patton, Dennis […]

1. The Phils couldn’t have done any better. Considering what was available on the free agent market (very little) and what Gillick was willing to part with (not much) this is a pretty good deal. Brad Lidge was once one of the game’s premier closers and has shown that he still can be. The most […]

Pat Gillick is outta here, baby. Well, not right away. But the moment his contract expires, you can kiss his pasty, wrinkled butt goodbye. Gillick says he’ll continue to be the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies through the end of next season, and then he’s going to retire. For good this time. From the Philadelphia […]

Yesterday, Ed Wade was hired as the new general manager of the Houston Astros. He beat out about 11 other candidates, including Phillies Assistant GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. The Phillies won while Wade was in charge, but they didn’t win enough. The team never made the playoffs in Wade’s eight years on the job. Houston’s […]

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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 […]