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 […]

If Opening Day were tomorrow, I’d peg the Mets to finish 3rd in the NL East behind Philly and Atlanta. And it may not even be that close. They’d be trotting out Omir Santos at Catcher, Daniel Murphy at First, Luis Castillo at Second, Jeff Francoeur in Right, Angel Pagan in Left, and Johan Santana […]

My reactions to today’s press conference at Citi Field with Mets’ COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Omar Minaya. Consider this my quick and dirty obituary of the 2009 New York Mets: Mets’ front office execs using the word “inexcusable” in October is officially an American tradition. Greeting cards soon to follow. “The payroll is what […]

So the news just came down that Johan Santana has a serious elbow injury that will require surgery, and is likely done for the season.  Added to the news that Jeff Francouer has a torn ligament in his thumb, it is just ridiculous how injury-bitten the Mets have been this year. But the bigger story […]

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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 […]