Today, Buster Olney takes a look at the winners and losers in the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. And he has this to say about the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization he labels a “loser”: They’re currently looking for starting pitching, after deciding to trade Lee, and the Mariners’ haul for the left-hander demonstrates […]

Earlier this week, The Tacoma News Tribune reported Ken Griffey Jr. fell asleep in the clubhouse during a game and missed an opportunity to pinch hit. Now the Mariners are mad at the newspaper, which quoted anonymous players, and Griffey is mad at the players who ratted him out. Enter Mike Sweeney, who called a […]

This is part of a series of posts wherein we belittle teams for their bewildering offseason buffoonery, or else extol them their their excellent preseason exploits. Many pundits are proclaiming that the Seattle Mariners had the best offseason of any team, and it’s easy to see why. First, they had an utterly unforseen gift from […]

The 2009 Mariners became a bit of a darling in the sabermetric world. The proponents of the non-traditional fielding stats such as Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Plus/Minus were actually able to see their beliefs translate to on-field success. You see, the Mariners brought in a group of players rated highly by UZR and +/- […]

What should the Mariners do with Ken Griffey Jr. next season? The fans love Junior, and the Mariners love his positive impact in the clubhouse, but his declining performance hinders the ability of an otherwise pretty decent team to contend for a postseason berth. Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times speaks to some of the […]

Few people thought the Mariners would contend this year, yet amazingly, they are only 5 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West at the moment.  With the division looking quite weak this year, I say they should go for it. The Angels are not the team they once were, with serious injuries […]

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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 […]