My buddy dean is a photographer for an Arizona newspaper. On Monday, he was on assignment at the Home Run Derby when Jose Valverde approached him and asked to see his camera. Dean showed Valverde how to use the camera (That’s Valverde above, practicing his photojournalism). Then Dean turned away for a moment. When he […]

The Houston Astros are in shambles. After a hot start, they completely tanked in May and June and are now in a closely-fought battle with the Reds for last place in the 6-team NL Central. So big changes need to be made.  And they need to start in the front office. Owner Drayton McLane can’t […]

Josh Byrnes of the Diamondbacks is quickly establishing his credentials as the best general manager in the game today. Has this guy made a bad move yet since he took over as D-Backs GM after the 2005 season? First, he deserves huge credit for putting his faith in his highly talented young prospects last year […]

On November 2, 1948, the Chicago Daily Tribune boasted the headline that Republican Thomas Dewey had defeated incumbent President Harry Truman to become the 34th President of the United States. The only problem is that nearly sixty years later, no one’s ever heard of a President Thomas Dewey because, well, Dewey lost. More importantly, this […]

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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 […]

According to the internet, "The Little Napoleon" John McGraw was the greatest manager of all time.

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 […]