So I cruise on in to my local SBUX this morning for my grande bold, and happen to see a Boston Globe lying on one of the tables. I’m immediately arrested by the screaming headlines and massive above-the-fold image of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, circa 2003, both pointing skyward. Steroid Scandal Hits Home; Shaughnessy: […]

Baseball was a lot simpler before performance enhancing drugs. Or rather, baseball was simpler before we started to learn just how many players were using performance enhancers. Now we’re stuck trying to figure out who was using and who wasn’t. We’re arguing over who belongs in Cooperstown and who doesn’t, who should keep his record […]

Back in January, when Roger Clemens filed his lawsuit, I wondered if the legal process would open up a whole new can of worms. Short answer: yes. And what nubile worms they turned out to be. But the Rocket’s latest statement, which hit the newsstands today, shows just how far he still is from understanding […]

Mike Greenwell was one of my favorite players growing up. The Red Sox left fielder had the many appealing intangible qualities (not to mention quite a few impressive tangibles, too, like a lifetime .303 average and .368 OBP) that often make players fan favorites. Plus, upon running into the left field wall for the umpteenth […]

For your Sunday morning pleasure, via Slate.com, the poetry of Roger Clemens, excerpted from his deposition and his Congressional testimony: “Offensive Haiku” I am offended. I will be honest with you. I am offended. —Feb. 5, 2008, deposition “Ghost Andy” He looked at me, Wringing his hands, White as a ghost And asked me What […]

Today John Rocker went on an Atlanta radio station and told the world that he was a steroid user and that Bud Selig knew about it.Better yet, he told us in the third-person: He also said that “Bud Selig is a clown and should do the entire world a favor and kill himself.” Rocker, no […]

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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 […]