Philadelphia Inquirer’s Don McKee thinks the Phils need to go all in for Jake Peavy. Forget the talk that he doesn’t want to come here. Overwhelm the Padres with prospects and make a tentative deal. Then ask Peavy whether he really doesn’t want to pitch for a contender he will make even stronger, in a […]

Before the offseason started, the Braves’ stated goal was to sign two top of the rotation starters. They had $47 million to spend. Here’s what team president Terry McGuirk said in August about the team’s offseason plans: “We know with the kind of money we have coming off the books, we can talk to anybody […]

The San Diego Padres lost a grand total of 99 games last year. They were third to last in RBI, second to last in team batting average, and dead last in runs scored. Their pitching was arguably better, but only marginally; they were 10th in ERA and in batting average against, and they allowed the sixth […]

Free coffee and baseball: This is a match made in heaven, from Sarah’s point of view. Two notes: 1. Jose Canseco is worried that he’ll get poisoned via free coffee. 2. Jonathan Papelbon is advertising free coffee (with purchase of either a flatbread sandwich or a pizza) at Dunkin’ Donuts, available the day after the […]

This year, the Cy Young debate is hardly a debate at all. It seems like a forgone conclusion that Jake Peavy will take home the hardware for the NL, while C.C. Sabathia will be the AL pitcher clearing off his mantel. I suppose I can agree with that. Thus, this post will be dedicated to […]

We’ve all been there. You’re loved one is dropping you off at the airport. You’ve got heavy bags you’re trying to hoist out of a crowded trunk and on to the the curb. You want to say an appropriately affectionate goodbye to your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend, but the airport cop is urging you to “move it […]

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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 […]