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. […]

The Philadelphia Daily News has a new Phillies beat writer. And the new writer has launched a new blog. David Murphy is a local boy who’s worked for the St. Pete Times and Myrtle Beach Sun-News, two very respectable mid-sized rags. His new blog is called High Cheese. So far, Murphy has been a prolific […]

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin is at war with the blogs. And the blogs are winning. But here’s something the blogosphere has yet to unearth. In July, the Daily News asked Conlin — “a writer who has covered the game both then and now” — to reflect […]

We thought we had a pretty good story when, earlier this week, Philadelphia Daily News baseball writer and former BWAA president Paul Hagen agreed to do an interview with our site. But it turns out we went after the wrong Daily News writer. Because when it comes to providing good copy, columnist Bill Conlin has […]

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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 […]