Today, Philadelphia Daily News columnist and UmpBump favorite Paul Hagen describes the Phillies’ looming shortstop dilemma. Jimmy Rollins will be a free agent this offseason and the team has nobody lined up to replace him. Unless you count 21-year-old light-hitting Freddy Galvis as a possible replacement. Galvis is an excellent defender and was recently promoted […]

This morning I started my day by heading first to, then to MLB Trade Rumors, then to, searching for any news about a possible trade that could help the Phillies get back in the playoff hunt. Instead, I found this article by Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Hagen, who suggests the Phils trade […]

Two years ago Umpbump interviewed Paul Hagen, who covers the Phillies for the Philadelphia Daily News and is a former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Now he’s back for more. I recently chatted with Hagen over email about the Phillies’ World Series victory, the team’s offseason moves and the Hall of Fame. […]

Tomorrow, MLB will announce the winner of the National League MVP Award. Candidates include Chipper Jones, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright, Prince Fielder and Matt Holliday. A while back Paul and I debated who should win the award and he ultimately convinced me that David Wright is the clear choice. I emailed that post to Philadelphia […]

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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 […]

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