In every mention of Mariano Rivera breaking the all time saves record, it seems to be a contractual requirement to also point out that he is ‘The Greatest Reliever of All Time’. Leaving aside the difficulty of comparing a modern, one inning, reliever to their more heavily used forbearers, there is clearly little dispute that Rivera […]

Closers seem to have been the focal point of many points recently. Mariano Rivera has just notched up his 600th save and should pass Trevor Hoffman’s all time saves record in the next week or so. Jose Valverde hasn’t blown a save all year as the Tigers storm towards the post season. Craig Kimbrel is […]

I don’t have much to say about this NYTimes computer simulation of Mo Rivera’s legendary cut fastball, except to say that it gave me a dorkgasm. Definitely worth checking out.

Continuing our ongoing series in which we try to determine who the greatest players of all time were by crowdsourcing the task out to randomly googled websites, we turn now in this installment to relief pitchers. As with our previous rankings of shortstops, second basemen, starting pitchers, and catchers, we used a Google search to […]

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December 5, 2011

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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 […]

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