This is one of a series of posts in which we verbally disembowel those teams that wandered witlessly through the winter while piling praise on those that engineered enviable engagements with the players of their choosing. What’s interesting to me about New York’s winter is that they actually made a major trade. (What, you mean […]

What could the world champion, richer-than-God New York Yankees possibly need? What do you get for the team that has (apparently) everything? The question most Yankee-watchers have been asking is: Who’s in left? World Series MVP Hideki Matsui is a free agent, as is Johnny Damon. Neither player’s health inspires much confidence at this stage, […]

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 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 […]

So here’s the deal: Today the New York Post Daily News ran this gossip item and I know it’s last minute, but it’s Halloween and if nobody shows up to Citizen’s Bank Park dressed as half-A-Rod-half-horse, then we Phillies fans have dropped the ball. Honestly, if anybody else commissioned a portrait of himself as a […]

Today the New York Times has a story about all the bitter Mets fans who can’t decide who to root for (or against) in the World Series. Mets fans, let me make it easy for you. (Don’t worry, I won’t use any big words.) The unfortunate reality for everybody in America who isn’t a fan […]

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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 […]