Now that we’re at the point in the off season where unsigned big names are the exception rather than the norm, a team looking to go out and pick up a new player for 2012 will find their options quickly dwindling. For clubs that wait out the market there may be a nice opportunity to pick up an overlooked […]

This is a simple post. Rather straight forward. The news tonight is that one 600-home-run-hitting designated hitter has accepted a waiver trade to the city where he got his start. This is a team that, due to the mediocrity of the division, is still in contention even though they’re hovering under .500. The slugger, it […]

With news that catching prospect Carlos Santana has been called up by the Indians, the single biggest mistake made so far (among many) by the the McCourt/Colletti regime in their mismanagement of the Dodgers is about to be exposed for all the world to see. For those of you who don’t follow the Dodgers or […]

Every now and then on Teh Interwebs, you read something that you know — you just know — simply cannot be true. Today, I read one of those things when I read that the Indians of Cleveland are major league baseball’s most-hated team. And yet, according to Nielsen, they are. And while I find it […]

The Indians finished tied for last place in the AL Central in 2009, tied with Kansas City. So it’s not realistic to think they’ll go worst to first and take the division. But the Tribe does have a few things going for them. First, the Central is a weak division, and neither the Twins nor […]

In a preseason post on his fantasy baseball site Roto Authority, Tim Dierkes ran through the guys he thought had the best chance at hitting 20 homers and stealing 20 bases in 2009. The list: Hanley Ramirez, Grady Sizemore, Alfonso Soriano, Ian Kinsler, Nate McLouth, Corey Hart, and Brandon Phillips. Dierkes also suggested a few […]

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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

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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 […]