Today, the SF Chronicle’s John Shea suggests the NL manager of the year award is a two-man race, between the Rockies’ Jim Tracy and the Giants’ Bruce Bochy. Here’s his thinking: Given voters’ tendencies, let’s cross out Lou Piniella (last year’s winner) and Charlie Manuel (no one has won the award after appearing in the […]

In yesterday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch, Derrick Goold quotes Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirming that despite closer Ryan Franklin’s recent struggles, that no change in the bullpen hierarchy was going to happen: “When Franklin is fresh, he’s going to get the ninth inning. He’s the best guy we have for that role.” Today, ESPN […]

Sunday night is a bittersweet time. You’re all nice and relaxed from the weekend…but then…what’s that noise?! Did you hear something lurking in the shadows? GAAAH! It’s MONDAY MORNING! RUUUNNN!!! So here’s a few links to lull you back into a false sense of security: Fire Brand of the American League on the Roy Oswalt […]

Maybe it’s because I’m getting a bit tired of hearing so many trade rumors, but I’m feeling mighty childish/punchy today (more so than usual, anyway). And maybe that’s why I find this this headline on ESPN to be hysterical: “Rolen seeks trade; LaRussa won’t ‘please Scott’” Now Scott, you knew very well going into this […]

There are three inevitabilities in life: death, taxes, and an unsatisfactory roster of MLB All-Stars. Sure, it may be trite to even bother blogging about such a clichéd topic. But this year, there seems to be a new reason to be unhappy – Closers.  NL Manager Tony LaRussa has decided to carry six Closers out […]

Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa was busted for DUI last night by the Jupiter PD. But something about this story seems awfully fishy. From the AP: Undercover officers saw La Russa’s SUV partly in an intersection around midnight and not moving despite two green lights, police said. Officers knocked on the vehicle’s window and La Russa […]

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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 […]