To get the timeline right for the off season review of the Milwaukee Brewers, I began typing “Zack Greinke” into Google. Below is screenshot of the search terms that Google suggests as the most likely thing for which I am attempting to search: Yup, that’s right. Zack Greinke is not a Yankee. Nor is he […]

UPDATE: So if I’m going to write about a writer’s boneheaded opinion, I feel the need to point out when he/she retracts that statement. And Pearlman has done just that. So kudos to him. I’m not going to take down the following post, because I think the point still stands. But I do greatly respect […]

One point upon which stat geeks and grit-o-philes can agree is that swinging at balls outside the strike zone is a bad idea. I mean, sure, guys like Yogi Berra and Vlad Guerrero became superstars despite their penchant for being less selective than Mark Grace in a slump. But unless you’re a freak, plate discipline […]

According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Mets and GM Omar Minaya have a clear-cut strategy as the trade deadline looms: “The Mets are trying to locate a pitcher (probably a reliever) who is overpriced and not having a particularly strong season” That’s just awesome. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with […]

It’s been an interesting two months or so as a Met fan blathering off into the blogosphere. Not only has the team (this weekend notwithstanding) been playing better than expected thanks to good/lucky pitching and solid defense, the Mets brass have been, well, logical. Rewind back to Opening Day and maybe you’ll understand. When the […]

In last night’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Atlanta Braves, The Mets had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth against Billy Wagner. After Luis Castillo reached first on an infield hit to begin the inning, Mets manager Jerry Manuel decided to send Gary Matthews, Jr. to bat for #3 […]

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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 […]