I was talking to my dad after one of Jamie Moyer’s recent excellent starts, and my dad said something like, “I think he’s going to make it to the Hall of Fame.” And my immediate reaction was, “that’s crazy.” But I figured I ought to do a little research, just to be sure. My dad […]

If you read his column, you know ESPN’s Buster Olney regularly links to pieces by sportswriters all over the country. Today, Olney writes, “Bill Conlin wonders why there is not more support for Tim Raines.” I read that and I thought, “No way.” As a rule, Conlin and I don’t agree. He thinks Jimmy Rollins […]

This year UmpBump continues its annual tradition of honoring the greats by casting our vote for who we think deserves to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. As always, we vote not just on players currently eligible for Hall of Fame voting under baseball’s arcane eligibility rules, but for any and all […]

To my mind Barry Larkin is a stone cold lock for the Hall of Fame, even though there are probably enough people with short memories or who are just not paying attention among the BWAA to insure that he doesn’t get in this year. Larkin had the complete package. An outstanding hitter with an .815 […]

Today, Buster Olney writes about Chipper Jones’ defensive struggles and says: Chipper Jones says he might retire if he has another season like this one, writes David O’Brien. Remember, he just signed a three-year, $42 million extension, which runs through 2012. Yes, he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. That last line — Yes, he […]

The other day I was walking around the house, reveling in the latest Phillies victory, and spouting off to my fiancee Suz about how great Chase Utley is when she asked me, “Is he going to the Hall of Fame?” I told her that Utley got a bit of a late start, that he didn’t […]

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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 […]