Today the Dodgers finalized a trade for Greg Maddux. It was a no-brainer deal. Maddux had a no-trade clause and said he would only go to a west coast team. So the Padres’ options were limited to the Angels, who are the only team in the league that doesn’t need pitching, and the Dodgers, who […]

The Braves lost 1-0 last night to the Milwaukee Brewers. With the loss, the Braves fell to 6-18 on the road, compared to 22-7 at home. Moreover, they are now 2-14 in one-run games his season, including 0-11 on the road. This is not a case of Atlanta’s patchwork bullpen blowing leads late in games. […]

Is John Smoltz the greatest pitcher of all time? I only ask because that is apparently what Mr. Mark Bowman of mlb.com thinks. Or his editor. Or whoever it was that picked the headline for this article, entitled “Smoltz latest, greatest to reach 3,000 Ks.” Do they even have editors over there? Because if whoever […]

Greg Maddux will take the mount for the first time as a Los Angeles Dodger tonight. This is an exciting event for some people, like Dodgers 3B coach Rich Donnelly, who told the L.A. Times, “I still can’t believe we have him, it’s like a miracle.” For fans, this is a chance to see if […]

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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 […]