On Wednesday, the Red Sox acquired RP Mark Melancon from the Astros for SS/IF Jed Lowrie and SP/RP Kyle Weiland. Earlier today, the Reds acquired SP Mat Latos from the Padres for 1B/OF Yonder Alondo, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Edinson Volquez and RP Brad Boxberger. I know there’s a fairly strong desire among a lot […]

You can’t blame Heath Bell for suddenly sounding like a internet start-up business model. Step One: Be optimistic about the season, turn some heads even; Step Two: … ; Step Three: win World Series.

The San Diego Padres have been a franchise in limbo for the past couple of seasons. Previous owner John Moores’ messy divorce finally yielded an answer as to who would control the team operationally in 2009 and after a mediocre first year of the five-year rebuilding process, a new front office staff is in place. […]

Monday is Hot Baseball Wife Day here at UmpBump, and this weeks honoree is Betzabe “Betsy” Gonzalez, the wife of slugging Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Together, Adrian and his wife recently established a charitable foundation, the Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez foundation, which aims to serve underprivileged youth in the fields of sports, education, and […]

So since we last checked in, Padres first-sacker Adrian Gonzalez has continued mashing balls out of the park at a prodigous rate, and is currently on pace for 63 bombs this season despite playing half his games in the worst hitters park in the Majors. But what is downright scary about Adrian Gonzalez’s 2009 campaign […]

With the season one-third gone now, it’s become pretty clear which players were only slumping and which players actually just suck at baseball. And yet on every team there is at least one player which for foolish reasons, whether it be an over-developed sense of loyalty, a case of GM-player man-love, a reputation for grit […]

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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 […]