What the heck is up with ESPN.com’s wack new policy of treating singular cities and team names as if they were plural nouns in their news headlines, as in “Tribe acquire Anthony Reyes” or “Arizona triumph over the Giants” rather than “Tribe acquires” and “Arizona triumphs”? Has anyone else noticed this? Because it’s been happening […]

So, I was looking at baseball statistics on ESPN.com when I noticed an ad promoting ESPN’s newest hire, “11-time sportswriter of the year” columnist Rick Reilly. Then I noticed this text add, below the Riley ad: “Teeth Whiteners Exposed” 7 Teeth Whitening Products Tested, Rated, and Reviewed. A… www.best-teeth-whitening.com And then I made an appointment […]

Oh, ESPN. Not only did you force me last night to listen to Jon Miller and Joe Morgan pat themselves on the back for an entire inning after “discovering” that the left field foul pole at Yankee Stadium was “in the wrong place” (It’s not. It’s fine. It’s called an optical illusion. The left field […]

It wasn’t enough that we all had to be dragged through the Miguel Tejada ordeal by ESPN (yes, fine, big deal; but why make a spectacle out of it?), the Mother Ship from Bristol has decided to criss-cross the Caribbean from the sunny beaches of the Dominican Republic to the northern coast of Colombia to […]

It’s really too bad. I love Bill Simmons. He’s funny. He’s to the point. And his Sports Guy blog is so delightfully long and rambling. Plus, he gives hope to bloggers everywhere that one day, you too may be plucked from obscurity by ESPN and get paid to do what you already do for free. […]

Here at Umpbump, we value all reader comments equally. But we value some reader comments a little more equally than others. So it was with great pride that we learned that ESPN stat-head Rob Neyer decided to critique Nick’s post, 33 men (and one woman) out: the all-time worst Hall of Famers, on his blog. […]

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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 […]