At the end of the maybe the greatest all around post-season I can remember, the Cardinals are walking away as deserving champions. There aren’t any true underdogs in a short post-season series, but the Cards were certainly not favoured against the Phillies, Brewers or Rangers and yet they outlasted them all to win a second […]

Bad night for Moneyballers, as Tony Siegle, senior advisor of Giants told me, “We’ve shown Moneyball is a bunch of garbage” – Kevin Kernan via Twitter last night following San Francisco’s World Series Win So let me get this straight: 1. Giants win the World Series. 2. ? 3. Moneyball is therefore crap. The only […]

The bettors have spoken, and the odds for the 2010 Fall Classic are set. They’re bullish on the Yanks repeating as world champs, giving the Bronx Bombers 3-1 odds. They’re higher on the Boston Red Sox than the Beantowners’ own sour-pussed fans are, giving the Red Stockings 6-1 odds. But the surprise candidate may be […]

The Yankees are World Champions again, but it’s not the same this time. Evil Empire? I wish; at least “evil” is interesting. Instead, what we have is the rise of the boring over the bad. Somehow, Yankeefication has become synonymous with boringification. Johnny Damon: went to the Yankees, became boring. Mark Teixeira: is boring, and […]

Last week, I wrote this somewhat silly Metro column about why Red Sox fans should root for the Phillies. I was being glib and slightly facetious. But tonight, I really do think that everyone in their right mind should be rooting for the Phillies — specifically, for Pedro Martinez. There’s nothing like a good sports […]

Last night’s World Series contest between the Phillies and the Yankees featured five solo home runs — one apiece from Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher, and Carlos Ruiz, and two for Jason Werth. Is there anything in baseball more boring than a solo home run? I mean, sure, it can be pretty darn interesting in the […]

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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 […]