Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|With Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline hovering ahead at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, make no mistake about it -- all of the rumors have a deleterious effect on the players. No matter what they might say.
|Padres general manager A.J. Preller may prove James Shields wrong by Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the big right-hander doesn't believe he's going anywhere.
More» Shields holds Mets to three over seven-plus|
|Third baseman David Wright took grounders on a Major League infield before the Mets' 4-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday for the first since he was placed on the disabled list with spinal stenosis on April 15. The 32-year-old also took batting practice in the cage and ran.
More»Wright takes grounders, works out at Citi Field|
|It's the day after the induction ceremonies when the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame always experience a sense of satisfaction mixed with relief. The speeches are over, and so is the good-natured heckling from the men who gather every summer, most of them having long been members of the Hall.
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|Each having traveled a different path, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio have spent the last few days in Cooperstown just drinking up the experience. But there is a common thread.
More»Hall of Famers take over Twitter in Cooperstown|
|Dick Enberg sat down at a table in the Petco Park media dining room the other day and didn't mince words. He never does, particularly in the sports broadcasting business.
More»Dick Enberg named 2015 Ford C. Frick Award winner|
|The Braves of 1991-2005 won a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series. So it should come as no surprise that Atlanta's core players of that era have begun to dominate the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
More»Smoltz discusses upcoming Hall of Fame induction|
|Tim Hudson struggled prior to the All-Star break, but primarily it was because his mother, Sue, 68, was home in Alabama suffering from acute liver disease.
More» Hudson fans Tulo to end the frame|
|With all due apologies to the Seattle Mariners, Randy Johnson is going into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks emblem on his plaque. He'll be the first D-backs player to do so.
More»Johnson getting ready for his trip to Hall of Fame|
|In the era of the all-time great pitcher, three more will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during this year's ceremonies on July 26.
More»Watch the National Baseball HOF induction ceremony|
|Jake Peavy and the defending World Series-champion Giants lost, 4-1, to Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Wednesday in a battle of attrition between an old-school veteran right-hander and one of the great young studs of New York's starting rotation.
More» Peavy fans five over seven strong innings|
|Madison Bumgarner should be the starter for the National League against his American League counterparts next Tuesday in the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. It's as simple as that.
More»Bumgarner headed to third straight All-Star Game|
|It's not easy filling out the roster of an All-Star team, Bruce Bochy said after the reserves and pitchers for his National League squad were announced Monday.
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|The second half of the season for the Dodgers began just about the way the regular season began -- with another starting pitcher placed on the disabled list.
More» Mattingly on tough series loss to the Mets|
|Steven Matz, a 24-year-old left-hander, made his second career Major League start at Dodger Stadium and led the Mets to an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers. He's now 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA.
More» Matz allows two hits over six shutout frames|
|Matt Harvey at times has showed signs of struggle through his first year pitching after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. There is such a thing as Tommy John surgery fatigue and Harvey showed the vestiges of it on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
More» Collins on loss to Dodgers, Harvey's outing|
|No one has to read too much between the lines. Mets captain and third baseman David Wright isn't going to return from stenosis in his lower spine anytime soon. Consequently, if the Mets are going to find any help for their beleaguered offense, ranked 29th in the Major Leagues, it's going to have to be from elsewhere.
More» Wright discusses the progress of his rehab|
|When John Smoltz is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, he will be the first pitcher to go in having undergone ligament replacement surgery -- today almost universally known as Tommy John surgery -- at some point during his career. And he may very well be the last.
More»MLB Tonight in Studio 42 on Tommy John recovery|
|The big offseason trade that sent Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres has been turned upside down and analyzed from the San Diego end. But the Los Angeles has also been a big beneficiary of the Dec. 18 deal too.
More» Grandal sends a two-run homer to left field|
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|NEW YORK — The main thing I have to say about Michael Weiner is that he has a lot of guts. He is nearing the end stage of brain cancer and still is fighting the good flight. Now wheelchair bound, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Player Association was on the field on […] 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»|
|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»|