I’ve jotted down a few ideas for a possible column over the last week or so, but having had so little baseball played so far I’m reluctant to make any particularly strong proclamations about what we’ve seen so far.  In order to avoid getting carried away with small sample sizes and meaningless events, I’m listing […]

ESPN’s Keith Law was recently asked “Which was worse; Angels getting Wells or Angels getting rid of Napoli?” KLaw’s response was to say, fairly categorically, that it was the Wells side of the deal as it had ‘zero chance of success’. My immediate reaction was to disagree, maybe in part because I’m a big Napoli […]

In a NYT article about a supposedly new method of quantifying defensive value: “It’ll be neat to find out what the numbers are,” said Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells, who is known for smoothly tracking down deep fly balls.” Umm, Vernon? You  had a -24.0 UZR/150 last year and are at -33.3 this […]

The leaves are changing and the hot stove is beginning to percolate. Pretty soon, we’ll be craving hot chocolate, hot totties, and Hot Shots Part Deux. So it must be time for UmpBump’s What They Need series, which was voted by UmpBump writers as the sixteenth best What They Need type posts on the internet. […]

Time for another addition of fantasy fun. In this chapter, Paul returns from Japan, Sarah clinches a playoff birth, Alejandro squeaks by and Coley accepts his fate. Sarah: The Somerville Green Sox clinched a playoff spot this week with a resounding 12-0 win over the long-dormant “caitlin grace” squad, who is apparently so lazy she […]

Is there anything more exciting than the baseball free agency period? That was a retorical question. Of course there isn’t. Let’s take a look at some of the recent signings and what they mean: 1. Gil Meche to the Royals. If Meche tries to explain his decision to sign with Kansas City as being motivated […]

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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 […]