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 […]

From the Denver Post: Brad Hawpe made a successful debut in Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage, doubling and throwing out Jonathan Herrera at second base. The right fielder, who will play in today’s game, is encouraged by how his body has responded to a lighter weight (roughly 208 pounds, compared with 215 last spring) and healthier diet. […]

This is part of a series of posts wherein we belittle teams for their bewildering offseason buffoonery, or else extol them their their excellent preseason exploits. The Rockies’ moves this offseason ooze competence. After making a surprising run to the NL Wild Card berth last season, thanks to the emergence of young stars like 3B […]

Believe it or not, the Colorado Rockies had one of the best pitching staffs in the National League in 2009. Away from the launchpad (McQuack?) that is Coors Field, their pitchers held opposing batters to a .256/.323/.390 production line to go along with a 2.23 K/BB ratio and 67 HRs allowed, which puts them among […]

The emerging consensus around baseball is that former White Sox starting pitcher Jose Contreras is old and just about washed up. Certainly, his traditional stats of a 5-13 ERA and a 5.42 ERA do little to convince you otherwise. Which is why I was shocked when I looked at Alejandro’s White Sox WAR pie and […]

The Giants and the Rockies are battling it out for the National League wild card, but both teams are refusing to put their best lineup on the field. Seth Smith is the second best hitter on the Colorado Rockies. In 251 at-bats, he has compiled a .909 OPS, and his .394 wOBA is second on […]

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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 […]