The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Phil Sheridan has a new(ish) column and the gist is this: The Phillies offense stinks this season, and that proves Ryan Howard is great. I disagree for the following reasons: 1. Compared to last season, the Phillies’ offense hasn’t been that bad. The Phils are averaging 4.3 runs per game this season, […]

How good is Ryan Howard? Ask 10 people and you’ll likely get 10 wildly different takes. This season, Howard was among the league leaders in RBIs and home runs. But, according to advanced metrics, he was the second worst base-runner in MLB (behind only Paul Konerko) and he was one of the worst defensive first […]

Recently, general manager turned blogger Jim Bowden gave his picks for the NL all-star team. After he was done listing all the players who he thought should make it and all the players he felt bad about snubbing, he offered what he thought were the shortcomings of his team. The first and presumably largest shortcoming: […]

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is getting paid like a top-5 player. He has the 2nd highest contract in all of baseball by annual value, after only Alex Rodriguez’s bloated 2008 pact with the Yankees, and he has the 8th-largest contract by overall value. But take a look at this chart of the position players […]

I’ve already weighed in on the departure of Jayson Werth, who signed a 7-year deal with the Nationals today. Now here’s a different take, from Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan, who thinks losing Werth is no big deal: Sorry, but the Phillies would have been idiots to give Werth that deal. Those of you who bemoan […]

I went to a wedding over the summer and the groom told me he reads UmpBump. Then he asked me, “so why do you hate Ryan Howard?” I explained to him that I don’t hate Howard. I hate his contract. It’s too big and too long and he was absolutely not worth it. Frankly, I’m […]

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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 […]