You may recall back in August, Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal penned an article asking why no one was paying attention to the fact that the great Jeff Francoeur, then of the Mets, was about to hit an historic milestone that has only been reached by hundreds and hundreds of people before him […]

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! After a grueling competition that has lasted 13 months, during which time the judges read dozens and dozens of submissions, we are finally able to award the coveted title of “NY Sportswriter Most In Love With Jeff Francoeur”. And the winner of this prestigious award is… Mike Sielski […]

In September, 2008, Sarah wrote a post for MLB Trade Rumors speculating that the Braves might trade Jeff Francoeur to the Royals. She wasn’t the only one. Joe Posnanski and the AJC’s David O’Brien also said Frenchy would end up in Kansas City. The speculation made sense. Frenchy never lived up to the hype in […]

Metsblog.com is reporting that the Mets and Braves are swapping outfielders. Jeff Francoeur is Queens-bound while Ryan Church is heading down to Dixie. Now, there aren’t too many times when I’ve lost my head while writing a post. But let’s add this one to that short list. HOW IN HOLY HELL IS THIS GOING TO […]

I’ve been reading a lot of AJC Braves blogger David O’Brien lately. Today he interviews Braves reliever Will Ohman and he asks him if manager Bobby Cox should be blamed for the Braves struggles this season. Here is Ohman’s predictable response: “I think that blame is placed at the feet of the manager far too […]

Today AJC blogmaster and Braves beat writer David O’Brien calls out Teixeira for a lack of clutchness. From Braves Blog: Is Teixeira, with his Gold Glove-level defense and likely .290-30-120 to .310-45-130 offensive range for many years to come, worth $20 mill a season? I’d say only to a team that has a huge payroll, […]

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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 […]