Today, Philadelphia Daily News columnist and UmpBump favorite Paul Hagen describes the Phillies’ looming shortstop dilemma. Jimmy Rollins will be a free agent this offseason and the team has nobody lined up to replace him. Unless you count 21-year-old light-hitting Freddy Galvis as a possible replacement. Galvis is an excellent defender and was recently promoted […]

In the past I’ve advocated moving Rollins out of the leadoff spot, because he doesn’t get on base often enough. His .296 OBP last season was downright awful. This season, Rollins isn’t hitting any better than he did in 2009, but he’s walking more often — his walk rate is a robust 12.9 percent — leading to […]

Jayson Stark doesn’t think the Philies should sign Chone Figgins because Figgins is a leadoff hitter and the Phillies already have a leadoff hitter. From ESPN.com: “What happens if they try to install Figgins in the leadoff hole? That has the potential to create a gigantic problem because they’d have to sell it to their […]

I’m going to post my own World Series preview later today, where I go position by position. But first I wanted to point out that Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin has his own preview up, where he compares the Phillies lineup to the Yankees lineup. Much of the column is fine, but he starts […]

In 2009, the Phillies have attempted to steal 82 times and have been successful 65 times, a 79 percent success rate. That’s the best stolen base percentage in the NL, and it’s surprisingly good considering the team’s two “best” base stealers, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, have stolen 31 bases between them and have been […]

Charlie Manuel: He managed the Indians to the playoffs in 2001, but lost to the Mariners in the first round after taking a 2-games-to-1 lead. In his first season, Manuel and the Phillies went 88–74, only one game back of the Wild Card. In 2006, Manuel and the Phillies finished just short of the playoffs […]

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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 […]