In last night’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Atlanta Braves, The Mets had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth against Billy Wagner. After Luis Castillo reached first on an infield hit to begin the inning, Mets manager Jerry Manuel decided to send Gary Matthews, Jr. to bat for #3 […]

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. As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close it looks like the end of an era for the Angels. Over the past 10 years, the […]

This past Friday, Nick wrote a post with the simple premise – if you can cut one person from each team in the National League, who would it be? And people got angry. Very, very angry. They called us names. They said that it was “the most pointless story I’ve ever read” and “one of […]

The Angels are in first place in the AL West and have a fine record of 52-34, third best in the majors behind the Rays and the Cubs, but they are going to be hard pressed to maintain that pace if they don’t start getting more offense. Although they Angels are 6th in the major […]

The revelation that Gary Matthews, Jr. has purchased HGH has inspired a lot of reactions. His dad is remaining loyal (as dads do). His new team is pissed ($55 million down the drain?). His old team is relieved (that he’s somebody else’s problem). Me? I can’t believe I never suspected him. We’re talking about a […]

This is part of a series of posts in which we call out all 30 teams for their wily offseason moves and tragic offseason blunders.  Angels GM Bill Stoneman has one of those really apt names Sarah was talking about in one of her comments. Much like a stone, he never says anything, never shows any emotion, and never […]

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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 […]