Last summer, in my first piece for this site, I explained why I thought Major League Baseball’s disciplinary system could at best be described as ‘inept’. I think the last few day’s events have vindicated my point. Cole Hamels intentionally pinning Bryce Harper, albeit ‘only’ in the back, and then bragging about it to the media […]

Congratulations to the newest member of the Hall of Fame Barry Larkin and onwards with the belated second part of my series on how contenders can use the remaining free agents to fill key gaps on their rosters: Miami Marlins Need: Centre field They might not be targeting a new centre fielder, they seem quite […]

In the wake of the Phillies’ acquisition of Jim Thome, a few people are raising concerns. Keith Law thinks it’s a long shot that Thome will be able to stay healthy if he’s asked to play first base. Jim Bowden points to Thome’s disappointing 17-game stint with the Dodgers as evidence that he might not […]

How good is Ryan Howard? Ask 10 people and you’ll likely get 10 wildly different takes. This season, Howard was among the league leaders in RBIs and home runs. But, according to advanced metrics, he was the second worst base-runner in MLB (behind only Paul Konerko) and he was one of the worst defensive first […]

Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin has a new article out today, where he calls the Phillies a dynasty and predicts that “the Phillies will still be one helluva ball club in 2013.” Conlin predicts a 2013 lineup that’ll look like this: CF Shane Victorino SS Freddy Galvis RF Hunter Pence 1B Ryan Howard LF […]

This week, I did something a little rash. I splurged and bought two tickets to the first NLDS game at Chase Field. As a Phillies fan living in Tucson, AZ, I’m hoping that the Diamondbacks end up playing the Phillies in the first round. When I bought the tickets, that scenario looked likely. Now? All […]

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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 […]