Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Don Sutton won 324 games during his Hall of Fame career, and he has shown during his long career as a broadcaster that he's not afraid to speak his mind on a wide range of topics.
More»Don Sutton delivers Hall of Fame induction speech|
|NEW YORK ? It?s not very often when you get to meet a person that contributed to one of the worst moments of your life as a sports fan. But that happened to me at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The silver-haired gentleman sitting in the press box was Johnny Bucyk, the former Boston […] More»|
|NEW YORK — It’s not very often when you get to meet a person that contributed to one of the worst moments of your life as a sports fan. But that happened to me at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The silver-haired gentleman sitting in the press box was Johnny Bucyk, the former Boston […] More»|
|"Million Dollar Arm" is the next big baseball movie, it and began shooting this month in Mumbai, India. Slated to be released next spring, the Disney film is the story of how an entrepreneurial American sports-marketing agent created a reality show five years ago in India that produced the first two Indian pitchers.
|Perhaps the most infamous trade in Phillies history occurred on Jan. 27, 1982. Dallas Green had just stepped down as Phils manager and taken over as general manager of the Cubs. In one of his first major moves, he traded second baseman Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for incumbent shortstop Larry Bowa. The other guy in the trade was a little-known Triple-A infielder in the Phillies' organization named Ryne Sandberg.
|Don Mattingly has been around Major League baseball long enough as a star player, coach and now manager of the underachieving Dodgers that he knows the score. Baseball is a results-oriented business, and if the results aren't there, changes are ultimately made.
More» Mattingly discusses tough loss vs. D-backs|
|The Padres have a history of letting their players escape through trades or free agency, and the key to turning the franchise around is to use Arizona's approach and sign stars such as Chase Headley to long-term contracts.
More» Headley launches a solo homer to right field|
|There may come a time when D-backs general manager Kevin Towers tires from watching the work of his bullpen, but he's not there yet.
More» Gibson discusses Hernandez's pitching woes|
|Trevor Hoffman has always felt comfortable with his own persona, whether as one of Major League Baseball's top all-time closers or in his most recent role with the Padres as a special assistant to the president.
More» Hoffman earns the final save of his career|
|Tim Lincecum has already won two World Series titles and a pair of National League Cy Young Awards in his career, now in its seventh season. At 28, the Giants right-hander has earned $64 million. As a pending free agent this offseason, he stands to earn another big payday. That ought to be enough motivation, but it isn't the thing that drives him.
|No matter how many years he's managed and no matter how many World Series rings he has to fit on his oversized hand, Bruce Bochy still can't stand losing.
More» Bochy is ejected after arguing a close play|
|The D-backs went into this four-game series against division-rival Colorado with a Major League-high seven blown saves, though a strong showing on Thursday night led to a narrow 3-2 win.
More» Putz strikes out CarGo to end the game|
|Matt Kemp was not a happy camper Wednesday because the Dodgers' starting lineup was posted without him in it, but he did pinch-hit and picked up his fifth RBI of the season with a sac fly in a loss to the Padres.
More» Kemp lofts a sacrifice fly to right in ninth|
|As the old adage goes, a team can never have enough pitching, and the Dodgers are finding that out. A sudden wave of injuries to L.A.'s starting rotation has turned what was once a Spring Training surplus into an April shortage.
More» Capuano leaves with injury in the third|
|As Josh Hamilton gets more and more comfortable in Los Angeles, he knows he'll produce on the the field. And while the Angels have gotten off to another poor start, Hamilton and the rest of the club are not drawing any comparisons to last season's disappointment.
More» Hamilton hammers a late two-run shot|
|Todd Helton's a career member of the Rockies and in his 17th season playing for the only Major League Baseball organization he's ever known. But come next year at this time, if he's not with the Rockies anymore, he won't be playing for anyone.
More» Helton drives in CarGo with an RBI double|
|If you ask Carlos Quentin, he wasn't the one who started the fracas, it was Zack Greinke.
More» Quentin on what led to incident at Petco Park|
|With the two most troubling years of his Major League career in Boston just behind him, Carl Crawford says he's again enjoying playing the game he loves.
More» Crawford leads off the game with a solo homer|
|The Padres and Dodgers are both eagerly awaiting the returns of their sidelined stars, as Chase Headley and Hanley Ramirez continue to work their way back from thumb injuries.
More» Hanley makes diving attempt, hurts thumb|
|Tuesday was a typical afternoon game near the bay, and the ball carried at Petco just like a normal ballpark, said Will Venable, the Padres right fielder who watched Juan Uribe's homer keep going and going over the lower, tighter fence.
More» Uribe belts a two-run homer to right field|
|For the first time since July 8, 2010, in Seattle, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera both pitched for the Yankees in a regular-season game. Just like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, Pettitte started, Rivera finished, and the Yankees won, this time defeating the Red Sox, 4-1.
More» Rivera earns his first save of 2013|
|Despite an opening of the season they'd rather forget, all the Yankees have to do is hang in there for a month and win their share of games until a group of key stars return.
More» Girardi says Jeter will be everyday player|
|HOUSTON — If there was any question whether the transition from young to old in the NBA and the Lakers to the Clippers in Los Angeles was all but complete, the West defeated in the East, 143-138, Sunday night at the Toyota Center in the annual All-Star Game and Clippers guard Chris Paul was named […] More»|
|PHOENIX — I ran the D-backs first annual cancer 5K through the streets of downtown Phoenix on Saturday morning in a surprising 49 minutes, 48 seconds. Considering that I usually average 18-minute miles, that’s pretty good for me. I then took part in the weenie 1K family fun walk with my friend, Joey Reaves, and […] More»|
|Kudos to U-T San Diego on Sunday for the enterprise story that encompassed the entire front page of Sports, “Two Tales of One City.” It told the story of New Orleans post Katrina with the Super Bowl playing out there next Sunday for the first time since the storm ravaged that community in 2005. That […] More»|
|Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jack Morris, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell. This ballot, as controversial as it is, wasn’t very tough for me. I’ve always voted for the best players from their particular era and this year is no different. Using all 10 slots, I voted […] More»|
|PHOENIX — I never met Christina-Taylor Green, but I feel like I have through her parents, John and Roxanna. She’s the little girl, who was gunned down nearly two years ago in nearby Tucson by a madman with an assault weapon who was after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and shot 19 people, killing six of them. […] More»|
|A colleague wrote to me about my last blog, claiming that Miguel Cabrera’s feat this season was an “incredibly weak” Triple Crown. Huh? A Triple Crown is a Triple Crown. That analysis just defies the vagaries of everything coming together correctly in a given year and is a reason why the statistical analysis only goes […] More»|
|http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/the-statistical-case-against-cabrera-for-m-v-p/ Love, Nate. Great analysis about the AL MVP race in his Nov. 14 FiveThirtyEight blog. Unfortunately the “traditionalists” overruled him by a huge margin as Miguel Cabrera won 27 of the 30 AL first place votes and defeated Mike Trout. Can’t take what Cabrera did out of context. His numbers were good enough THIS […] More»|
|PHOENIX — Despite what it may look like on the surface, the D-backs are not “waiving the white flag” in their race for a playoff spot with the trade on Sunday of veteran left-handed starter Joe Saunders to the Orioles for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said. They dropped a three-game […] More»|