Boston has had one of the league’s best offenses so far this season. However. David Ortiz, who was just breaking out of his April slump, is now on the 15-day DL. Ortiz hit .198 in April but had a .310 average in May, leading fans to expect that good times would again seem so good, […]

In the old days, there were just pitchers: not starters, not relievers, not closers, and certainly not lefty specialists. And pitchers were expected to pitch a complete game (and pick up some innings on their off days if one of the other pitchers fell short). In the days of “Spahn and Sain and Pray for […]

Before I begin, I’d like to share with you all an artistic rendering of the 7 game lead the Mets had over the Philadelphia Phillies as of September 12, 2007. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/FfoQsZa8F1c” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Sure, it’s subtle. But I didn’t want to bash you over the head with it. Back in April, I […]

The New York Mets were swept out of Colorado last night following a 20-hit, 17-run beat down at the hands of the Rockies, who in the process became the first team in Major League history to sweep both the Mets and Yankees in a single regular season.   In the three game series, Colorado pounded […]

If you had read any preseason analysis on the National League, you heard ad nauseum how the Mets starting pitching were not playoff-calibre. Whether you heard that they were too old (Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez) or too young (John Maine and Mike Pelfrey) or simply too awful (ahem, Oliver Perez), they were deemed pretty […]

Pat Venditte just wants to play ball. He doesn’t feel superior, he doesn’t feel like his gift is one in a million. But it is unique in NCAA Division I history. You always hear the question: “Can a pitcher switch hands while facing the same batter?” But you never hear, as part of the answer, […]

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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 […]