With Team USA set to go up against an extremely slick-fielding Japanese team tonight in their semifinal matchup to determine who goes to the championship game against Korea, USA manager Davey Johnson is going with a bafflingly bad defensive alignment. First of all, it is highly questionable to go with an outfield of Ryan Braun […]

As anyone who watched today’s semifinal matchup between Korea and Venezuela knows, the Korean national baseball team is good. Ridiculously good.  Korea utterly dismantled a Venezuelan team chock-full of major league superstars, putting on a show of power, patience, good pitching and outstanding defense. Meanwhile Venezuela cracked under the pressure, making 5 errors including an […]

If Team USA winds up defeated in the World Baseball Classic, a big part of the reason will be a roster decimated by injuries.  Or should I say “injuries.” First Chipper Jones had “soreness” in his side, then Dustin Pedroia got a strain in his abdomen, then Ryan Braun got “tightness” in his rib cage, […]

Over the past week or so, we here at UmpBump have been honoring the festival of baseball joy that is the World Baseball Classic with a series of posts in which we compile our versions of the All-time greatest teams for as many countries around the world as we can. In the end, we managed […]

In honor of the World Baseball Classic, we are coming up with “All-Time Teams” for as many of the participating nations as we can. So far, we’ve done the Canadians, the Italians, the Japanese, the Puerto Ricans, the Cubans, the Venezuelans,  and the Panamanians. Now, we aim the spotlight on the Dominicans! Alas, this year’s […]

With the World Baseball Classic getting underway, and having done the Canadians yesterday, we thought we would have a look today at the all-time Italian team. However, given that there were only ever just six major leaguers who were actually born in Italy, we decided that in honor of the Baseball Classic we would use […]

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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 […]