My fantasy team blew chunks this year, and there are a lot of people to blame. Here are just a few: David Wright: My second round pick. By the time he broke his back, my team’s chances has already been crushed. Josh Johnson: My third round pick. Johnson is an elite pitcher when he’s on […]

By Victor Filoromo Insert your own favorite Jayson Werth money joke here. Go ahead; we’ll give you a second. Good? Alright. While that may make you chuckle, fans in Washington are hardly laughing out loud when they have to take a look at Jayson Werth’s debut season with the Nationals. Maybe the only people snickering […]

Added: OF Jayson Werth, 1B Adam LaRoche, SP Tom Gorzelanny, RP Todd Coffey, OF Rick Ankiel, OF Laynce Nix, PH Matt Stairs Lost: C Wil Nieves, 1B Adam Dunn, IF Adam Kennedy, IF/OF Michael Martinez, OF Michael Burgess, OF Willie Harris, OF Justin Maxwell, OF Josh Willingham, RHP Miguel Batista, RHP A.J. Morris, RHP Joel Peralta, […]

I’ve already weighed in on the departure of Jayson Werth, who signed a 7-year deal with the Nationals today. Now here’s a different take, from Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan, who thinks losing Werth is no big deal: Sorry, but the Phillies would have been idiots to give Werth that deal. Those of you who bemoan […]

I went to a wedding over the summer and the groom told me he reads UmpBump. Then he asked me, “so why do you hate Ryan Howard?” I explained to him that I don’t hate Howard. I hate his contract. It’s too big and too long and he was absolutely not worth it. Frankly, I’m […]

How do you measure a baseball career? In RBIs and home runs? In all-star teams made and gold gloves won? In World Series rings? How about in dollars earned? In endorsements garnered? Or by the number of folk songs inspired? Those are all fine metrics, but I’ve got another one: in whiskers. Behold, Jayson Werth, […]

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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 […]