Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|The World Baseball Classic is upon us, and no one is more excited about it than White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
|After a first-round exit in 2013, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez believes Team Venezuela has the talent to do very well in this year's World Baseball Classic.
More»CarGo discusses playing for Team Venezuela in Classic|
|Ian Desmond is the Rockies' new first baseman, a position he's attempting to play for the first time in his eight-year career.
More»Black discusses Desmond playing first base|
|It seems like it was just the other day Joba Chamberlain was a young kid pitching in the Yankees' bullpen in front of Mariano Rivera.
More»Chamberlain discusses facing hitters in Brewers camp|
|White Sox closer David Robertson has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, with the Nationals as the prime suspect. All he knows right now is that he's still in Chicago, while at the same time he's getting ready to join Team USA in Fort Myers, Fla., next week for the beginning of the World Baseball Classic.
More»Robertson on spring camp, excitement for WBC 2017|
|Paul Goldschmidt knows he's part of an incredible offensive machine that could create some World Baseball Classic history.
More»Goldschmidt, Murphy join Team USA for 2017 Classic|
|Rich Hill's journey is a well-documented trail of persistence and fortitude through constant physical injury and heart-wrenching personal tragedy.
More» Hill fans Gennett in the 2nd|
|Mike Trout said Friday morning that though he's not playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of personal reasons, he very well could participate the next time around in the 2021 tournament.
More»Trout on the offseason, looking forward to spring|
|Adrian Gonzalez told MLB.com that his right elbow is now free of pain early Thursday morning before the team worked out on the backfields of Camelback Ranch. That assessment was corroborated shortly thereafter by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
|Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said the future looks bright for the organization. "We're going in the direction we planned to go, we just have to be patient.That's where we're focused and that's where we're going to stay," he said.
More»Fowler on first team meeting at Spring Training|
|The Padres open Cactus League play Saturday against the Mariners. Manager Andy Green said on Wednesday that a little more than a month before the opening of the regular season in Los Angeles, only three players have secured spots in the lineup.
More» Solarte doubles home Myers in the 3rd|
|The Mensch on the Bench lives, and a full-size version of it is sitting in the passenger seat of Cody Decker's SUV. It traveled with him here from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., and will make the trip with Team Israel to Seoul, Korea, in early March for the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.
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|Giants right fielder Hunter Pence came to camp this year with two solid goals in mind -- winning the World Series again after a two-year drought and remaining healthy for the entire season.
More»Pence talks about how he continues to learn the game|
|Giants catcher Buster Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford are excited about being members of Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
More»Team USA releases roster for World Baseball Classic|
|After a season working in the Angels' front office, it's great to have Bud Black back in the day-to-day mix. Black is one of those rare erudite baseball people who knows the game inside out and can explain his managerial machinations with grace and intelligence.
More»Black discusses pitching at Coors Field|
|Although the revelation that anyone has cancer is never good news, D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire, who announced on Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, seems to be in fine stead.
More»Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer|
|China has as much baseball history as it does adapting to a semi-capitalist economy. The sport was basically banished by Mao Zedong after the Chinese Revolution of 1949, only to be revived 20 years ago in preparation for the inaugural 2006 Classic, as well as the Chinese hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
More»McLaren on expectations for Team China|
|Despite the absence of injured sensation Shohei Ohtani, two-time champion Japan is still a very dangerous team and a threat to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
More»Ohtani won't play in 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|Shohei Ohtani won't pitch for Japan next month in the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic, but there's still a chance that he could show off his incredible skills as a hitter.
More»Ohtani to skip 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|Today is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
More»Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens among Morosi's votes|
|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»|