Losses: SS Edgar Renteria, IF Juan Uribe, UT Eugenio Velez, OF Jose Guillen Additions: SS Miguel Tejada Players Resigned: OF Pat Burrell, 1B/OF Aubrey Huff, P Guillermo Mota Projected Lineup, Rotation, and Closer C Buster Posey 1B Brandon Belt 2B Freddy Sanchez SS Miguel Tejada 3B Pablo Sandoval LF Aubrey Huff CF Andres Torres RF […]

What could I say about the future of the Houston Astros that won’t make me sound like a hater? … Well… You can still probably get away with calling Carlos Lee “pudgy” instead of “obese”. Does that count? The 2008 Houston Astros was the oldest squad in the National League. Out of those who accumulated […]

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 […]

By now, you’ve no doubt read the story: ESPN found out that Miguel Tejada wasn’t really 31; when they asked him how old he was, he said 32; he’s actually 33. I read this story and I thought, “Miguel Tejada’s only 33?!” For some reason I thought he was 35. Anyway, the Houston Chronicle’s Richard […]

This is one of a series of posts in which belittle each team for their befuddling offseason blunders, and possibly praise them for any prescient pre-season pickups. The Astros were in deep trouble even before the offseason started. Even before Ed Wade started his wheelings and dealings to drive this once-proud franchise even further into […]

Every December and every July for the past few seasons, Miguel Tejada has been a standby of the trade rumor mill. No longer. The Orioles, looking to start afresh, are shopping all their big-name players this winter and today, they traded Tejada to the Astros for five younguns: Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Troy Patton, Dennis […]

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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 […]