Last week, I wrote this somewhat silly Metro column about why Red Sox fans should root for the Phillies. I was being glib and slightly facetious. But tonight, I really do think that everyone in their right mind should be rooting for the Phillies — specifically, for Pedro Martinez. There’s nothing like a good sports […]

Tonight Pedro Martinez struck out 11 batters in a minor league rehab start. He threw 82 pitches — 60 strikes — and showed that he’s ready for big league action. The only question is, who will lose his spot in the Phillies’ rotation once Pedro comes on board? Lots of people have lots of theories […]

Yesterday the Washington Post’s Cameron Smith posted a little ditty titled “Why Pudge is a huge step forward for the Astros.” It’s full of wrongheadedness and backward thinking. If we didn’t know better we’d think Ned Coletti was moonlighting as a Post columnist. The column is so bad that we feel compelled to ridicule it […]

I can’t speak for Mets fans everywhere and I’m not going to even try. There are far too many opinions and emotions, each to numerous degrees, for me to oversimplify it all. I can only speak for myself and that’s what I’m going to do. Because I need to get over it. The playoffs are […]

Before the season started, Peter Gammons predicted the Mets were the team to beat in the NL East, “because the Mets may have the best four-man rotation in the National League East or perhaps the entire National League, period.” Here was his reasoning: Johan Santana is arguably the best pitcher in the game. Pedro Martinez […]

Let me start this post by saying that, at this juncture, with less than a month left in the regular season, I tend to throw all predictive stats out the window. With so little time left, very close divisional races such as the ones we still have in the AL Central, NL East, and NL […]

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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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