Matt Holliday has hit two home runs the last three days. So maybe he’s about to go on a tear and what follows is a gross overreaction on my part. Wouldn’t be the first time. But the Rockies offered Holliday a four-year, $80 million contract at the conclusion of the 2008 season, and I want […]

I noticed a subtlety in Jerry Crasnick’s write-up of last night’s absolutely inSANE game between the Red Sox and Rays—Game 2, in which the Rays tied the series 1-1 after pulling off a walk-off win in the 11th against Mike Timlin. (Why does Terry Francona bring in Timlin in extra innings anymore?? As soon as […]

1. Finally a World Series that I actually want to watch So it’s Rockies vs. Red Sox. It’s nice to have the first truly compelling World Series matchup in, well, in a long, long time. I mean, does it get any better? It’s the best squad money and human ingenuity can devise, versus God’s own […]

Sarah sent me a link to a Boston Globe story this morning, where the writer, Nick Cafardo, was suggesting that the Red Sox trade struggling outfielder J.D. Drew to the Phillies during the offseason for LF Pat Burrell. Specifically, Cafardo says: If things don’t turn around for Drew, would you send him and a lot […]

Come on Boston, it’s fun to despise J.D. Drew. So what are you waiting for? As L.A. Times baseball writer Steve Henson points out, Drew has been a bust so far this season, but the fans are treating him with kid gloves. From the L.A. Times: Boston fans and the media have been gentle on […]

There is an interesting piece in Slate today (it ran in the Washington Post over the weekend) on the differences between HGH and steroids, and whether or not we should bother worrying about HGH at all. The author, Daniel Engber, says that using HGH isn’t a very big deal, mostly because HGH hasn’t been proven […]

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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 […]