Now that we’re at the point in the off season where unsigned big names are the exception rather than the norm, a team looking to go out and pick up a new player for 2012 will find their options quickly dwindling. For clubs that wait out the market there may be a nice opportunity to pick up an overlooked […]

Today the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner brings us an article titled Retaining Sabathia should be Yankees’ top priority. I disagree with that sentiment. When the Yankees signed CC Sabathia to a 7-year, $161 million contract before the 2009 season, they took a big risk. Pitchers are a crap shoot. All of them. Some more […]

I have a buddy named Andy who is your typical obnoxious Yankees fan. He’s also an astronomy post doc and, as such, has a pretty solid background in statistics. Yesterday, Andy read an article by Nate Silver that put the Red Sox collapse into mathematical terms. As far as Andy was concerned, Silver’s numbers didn’t […]

Just three weeks ago I said to anyone who would listen, “the end of this baseball season is boring.” You said it too. Admit it. There were no compelling playoff races, save for the AL West. And it wasn’t long before that division got boring, too. Pundits pointed to the lack of drama in the […]

To get the timeline right for the off season review of the Milwaukee Brewers, I began typing “Zack Greinke” into Google. Below is screenshot of the search terms that Google suggests as the most likely thing for which I am attempting to search: Yup, that’s right. Zack Greinke is not a Yankee. Nor is he […]

Me thinks that Joel Sherman of the NY Post has already tired of the 2010 season. “RED SOX-YANKEES RIVALRY NOW MORE ABOUT PATIENCE THAN PASSION” Right off the bat, here’s a false dichotomy. According to this title, if you’re OK taking a walk as Nick Johnson did with the bases loaded in the 8th inning […]

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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 […]