Former GM Jim Bowden recently took the time to break down all 30 baseball general managers. We’re talking nearly 4,000 words spent analyzing each GM, his trade history, strengths and weaknesses. And what did we learn? 5 GMs are “aggressive” 4 are “honest” 4 are “deal-makers” 4 are “professional” 3 are “straight shooting” 3 are […]

Recently, general manager turned blogger Jim Bowden gave his picks for the NL all-star team. After he was done listing all the players who he thought should make it and all the players he felt bad about snubbing, he offered what he thought were the shortcomings of his team. The first and presumably largest shortcoming: […]

This is one of  a series of posts in which we rip each team for their offseason blunders and laud them when necessary for the occasional savvy move. Since 2002, as I have alluded to previously in this space, the Washington Nationals have let more major league talent slip throught their fingers than probably any […]

After Nationals GM Jim Bowden was arrested for drinking and driving in April 2006, we took a look at some of Bowden’s more memorable blunders. Some, like signing Ken Griffey, Jr., were a product of bad luck. Others, like comparing Players Association head Donald Fehr to Sept. 11 hijackers, were just stupid. Last week we […]

This week, Nick wondered aloud what the Washington Nationals would look like, if only they had spent some money to retain former prospects like Brandon Phillips, Jason Bay or Javier Vasquez, instead of trading them for more affordable pieces. But it was Melissa, a frequent Umpbump commenter, who caught my attention with this seemingly innocent […]

WaPo columnist Thomas Boswell has a story in today’s paper about how the Nationals have decided there is no room in their organization for former manager Frank Robinson. The common wisdom when the Nationals declined to renew Robinson’s contract was that they would offer him a front office consulting job. Something, anything, to keep him […]

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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 […]