Now that we’re at the point in the off season where unsigned big names are the exception rather than the norm, a team looking to go out and pick up a new player for 2012 will find their options quickly dwindling. For clubs that wait out the market there may be a nice opportunity to pick up an overlooked […]

So Thomas Boswell, the venerable sports columnist for the Washington Post, decided to write a reaction piece about one of the greatest single days in the history of baseball, and got everything completely backwards. In the strange recesses of Boswell’s mind, the crazy, glorious night of baseball we just witnessed is clear evidence that baseball […]

Acquisitions: 1B Casey Kotchman, OF Johnny Damon, DH Manny Ramirez, RHP Jonah Bayliss, OF Chris Carter, RHP Dirk Hayhurst, INF Daniel Mayora, INF Ray Olmedo, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, INF Felipe Lopez, RHP Juan Cruz Losses: C Dioner Navarro, 1B Carlos Peña, 1B/OF Brad Hawpe, SS Jason Bartlett, OF Carl Crawford, OF Gabe Kapler, OF Fernando […]

Now that the Rays have been booted from the playoffs, we will continue our occasional series examining at what contending teams should aim to do with their rosters in the offseason by having a look at Tampa Bay’s roster situation: Free Agents OF Carl Crawford 1B Carlos Pena CL Rafael Soriano RP Grant Balfour RP […]

In July, I paraphrased Bill Conlin’s column arguing for Jamie Moyer’s induction into the Hall of Fame. Today, I’m going to give the same treatment to St. Pete Times writer Gary Shelton’s column that argues David Price should win the AL Cy Young. The point of this exercise is simple: to strip away the flowery […]

Today Justin Upton got a six-year $50M contract from the Diamondbacks, and it was well-deserved. Upton seems poised for greatness, and Arizona did the right thing locking him up. Landing the big bucks hasn’t been so easy for Justin’s brother, Rays center fielder BJ Upton. BJ was drafted by the Rays in 2002 and signed […]

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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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