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 […]

This is part of a series of posts wherein we deride teams for their dazed and demented offseason dithering, or else deify them for their deftly discerning deals. The good news this offseason is that the Giants were able to re-sign their second best hitter from last season, despite stiff competition from the New York […]

Today, Rob Neyer says let’s not anoint Pujols just yet, and poses the following question: Maybe Pujols really is the best player in the National League. He probably is. But there’s a .365-hitting shortstop with power, playing for a contending team. Shouldn’t we at least take a deep breath and think a few thoughts? Don’t […]

Earlier this week the Arizona Republic’s Paola Boivin made her case that Dan Haren should get the all-star game start instead of Tim Lincecum: Like Haren, San Francisco’s Lincecum, 25, has pitched brilliantly, but Haren, 28, has a better ERA (2.01 vs. 2.33), better opponent batting average (.219 vs. 270) and better strikeouts-to-walk ratio (8.06 […]

Since 1999, there has been an annual tradition among a group of my friends whereby I name a preseason list of “Unquestioned Aces” and then everyone questions my list.  This year being the 10th anniversary of this tradition, I thought I would share the list with UmpBump as well. My personal definition of an “unquestioned […]

I’m not going to waste your time with a big lead in. Game 2 between the Phillies and Dodgers starts in an hour. So let’s get right to it. National League I love Brad Lidge. He’s like a brother to me. And without him the Phillies wouldn’t be playing October baseball right now. But he […]

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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 […]