Everyone is talking about who should win the NL MVP. And while such a discussion is a bit premature, well, premature discussions are what blogs are for! So let’s talk about it. According to Fangraphs, there are 7 National League position players with 5 wins above replacement or better: Troy Tulowitzki Jose Reyes Shane Victorino […]

Spurred by the controversy surrounding Armando Gallaraga’s near perfect game, many analysts and commentators are calling for increased instant replay in baseball. I’m calling for something else: the re-defining of what it means to be “perfect.” Currently, we define a perfect game simply: nobody gets on base, for any reason. No walks, no hits, 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 […]

The Toronto Blue Jays already got what they really needed when former general manager JP Ricciardi was fired after the season. We here at Umpbump had been arguing for the Jays to make a bold move — namely, trade Roy Halladay — for a long time; but every year, ol’ JP would insist that the […]

It’s been a wild few weeks in Boston Red Sox-land, with Boston axing Mark Kotsay and his beautiful wife Jamie in favor of Adam LaRoche, the steroid revelations about David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, and the fevered speculation over whether Theo Epstein could — or would — swing a trade for Roy Halladay. The dust […]

Man, Buster Olney has been strongly advocating that the Phillies trade for Roy Hallady. I mean, he’s really pushing for it. You’d think he was a Phillies fan. Or maybe he has money riding on this or something? Today, Olney gives us not one, not two, but eight reasons the Phils should acquire the Toronto […]

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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 […]