Depending on your point of view, it’s either brave or stupid to predict the breaking of baseball records. The nature of the game means that any record worth talking about either takes a huge amount of time to set (Bonds’ 762, Ryan’s 5,714) or are results of a flash of baseball’s variance (DiMaggio’s 56, Johnny […]

Acquisitions: 1B Derrek Lee, SS J.J. Hardy, 3B Mark Reynolds, INF Brendan Harris, RHP Justin Duchscherer, DH Vladimir Guerrero. Losses: Ty Wigginton, Corey Patterson, RHP Matt Albers, probably Kevin Millwood. Projected Roster: 2B Brian Roberts CF Adam Jones RF Nick Markakis DH Vladimir Guerrero LF Luke Scott 1B Derrek Lee 3B Mark Reynolds C Matt […]

This is part of a series of posts wherein we fustigate teams for their foolhardy offseason fumbles, or else fervently fawn over their felicitous free-agent finesse. In a lot of ways the Baltimore Orioles seem to be moving in the right direction (finally!), but they have made some truly baffling moves this offseason, and I […]

What do the Orioles need? I’ll give you a hint — several hints, in fact. 1. Baltimore was last in the AL in FIP in 2009. 2. The O’s gave up more home runs per nine innings than any other AL team. 3. They struck out the fewest number of hitters per nine innings of […]

This past Friday, Nick wrote a post with the simple premise – if you can cut one person from each team in the National League, who would it be? And people got angry. Very, very angry. They called us names. They said that it was “the most pointless story I’ve ever read” and “one of […]

It’s graduation season! A lot of honors handed out (unless you’re Obama). So what better time to tackle a topic like Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame candidacy? No better time, says I. There are two ways to get into the Hall: You’ve got to be very good over a long peroid of time and rack […]

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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 […]