If you’re on the brink, every game is a game 7 and should be played as such.

Closers seem to have been the focal point of many points recently. Mariano Rivera has just notched up his 600th save and should pass Trevor Hoffman’s all time saves record in the next week or so. Jose Valverde hasn’t blown a save all year as the Tigers storm towards the post season. Craig Kimbrel is […]

By Evan Sporer Chicks dig the long ball, that’s for certain. But since former senator George Mitchell released a report in December 2007 outlining steroid usage in baseball, homerun totals have been down, and pitchers have begun to dominate the game. This year has been no different. Aside from Blue Jay’s slugger Jose Bautista, no […]

At any given time there are no more than a handful of pitchers in baseball that you can call true aces. Pitchers who are not only good enough to be the number one starter on your team, but are so good you wouldn’t hesitate to throw them in any game, against any opponent and feel […]

Tonight I watched Joe Blanton give up bomb after bomb to the Nationals, and I came to an unavoidable conclusion: Blanton is not very good. But that’s OK. He doesn’t have to be very good. In fact, none of the Phillies pitchers have to be very good. They just have to be better than they’ve […]

The big game is less than an hour away and the big question is, undoubtedly: which Josh Beckett will show up tonight? As this NYT article points out, his fastball velocity is dangerously down: His fastball averaged 93.9 miles an hour in 2008, but it decreased to 92.4 against the Angels and just 91.1 against […]

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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 […]