Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Jerry Reinsdorf has been owner and chairman of the White Sox since 1981 and has held the same position with the NBA's Bulls since 1985. Under his watch, the two teams have combined to win seven league championships -- six with Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson and the Bulls, and the 2005 World Series with the White Sox.
More»A look back at the legacy of Jerry Reinsdorf|
|Longtime A's general manager Billy Beane, whose A's advanced to the postseason for the seventh time since 2000, talked to MLB.com on Tuesday at the General Managers Meetings about the recently concluded postseason and where he thinks his club is heading this winter.
More»Duquette outlines challenges for A's in 2014|
|If the Red Sox win Game 6, Jake Peavy will party with the rest of his mates on Fenway turf like it's 1918, the last time the Red Sox won the World Series at home. If not, the veteran right-hander will have to take the Red Sox where no team in club history has tread since 1912: to a seven-game win in a World Series.
More» Peavy holds Cards to two runs over four|
|There was a point this year when Red Sox catcher David Ross wondered whether he ever would be able to play again, let alone contribute the winning hit in a World Series game or combine with Jon Lester in all four of his postseason wins. After it all, he has become a big contributor to Boston's run at winning its third Fall Classic in the past 10 years.
More» Ross on dealing with concussions|
|David Ortiz belted a two-run, sixth-inning homer in the Red Sox's sloppily played Game 2 loss in the World Series on Thursday. The homer over the Green Monster off the Cardinals' Michael Wacha was the 17th for Ortiz in 78 postseason games.
More» Big Papi goes deep to put Sox ahead|
|John Farrell has a rare opportunity. If his Red Sox can defeat the Cardinals in a World Series that begins on Wednesday night with Game 1 in Fenway Park at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, he'd be only the fifth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to manage a team to the title.
More» Farrell on Lester starting, Papi at first|
|This is Dave Dombrowski's 12th season as Tigers president and general manager, and the celebrations never get old. But there are still mountains to climb.
More» Leyland on Tigers advancing to the ALCS|
|Aiming to close out the Tigers in Game 4 of the ALDS, the A's were cruising along behind starter Dan Straily, but Straily and the usually reliable bullpen could not keep Detroit at bay.
More» Perez scores on Anderson's wild pitch|
|If A's fans were wondering why manager Bob Melvin yanked starter Jarrod Parker on Monday after only five innings and 73 pitches in Game 3 of their American League Division Series, wonder no more. "He just wasn't feeling right," Melvin responded to a quick question before leaving his office at Comerica Park.
More» Parker throws five solid frames|
|In an extensive interview, MLB.com sat down with A's president Mike Crowley at the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum and discussed the economics of the high-striving A's and the stadium situation.
More» Billy Beane on back-to-back AL West titles|
|Seated in the Tigers dugout at O.co Coliseum, Detroit president and general manager Dave Dombrowski expanded upon manager Jim Leyland's future, the pending retirement of Commissioner Bud Selig, his club's chances this postseason and the adjustments he has had to make in building a championship-caliber ballclub in this era.
More» Leyland on the pressure of managing|
|The decision by the A's baseball people to start rookie right-hander Sonny Gray against the Tigers in Game 2 of their American League Division Series on Saturday night was certainly a prescient one.
More» Melvin discusses Gray's big night|
|Yoenis Cespedes' homer provided the A's their only runs in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers, and they know they will need others to contribute to come back in the American League Division Series.
More» Cespedes crushes a two-run home run|
|The retiring Davey Johnson, with 1,372 wins to 1,071 losses and a World Series title with the 1986 Mets, should at least be included in the mix for a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
More» Johnson on retiring from managing|
|Spend a little time around A's owner Lew Wolff and you discover a few things: He's deeply involved with the day-to-day operations of the club. In a lengthy interview with MLB.com this week, Wolff opened up on his role, in addition to a variety of other topics.
More»Lowrie, Reddick discuss ballclub's 2013 success|
|As the end of the season nears, MLB.com has had two interview sessions with Angels manager Mike Scioscia -- including one on Monday night -- about the travails of the team and his personal journey.
More» Scioscia talks about Richards, Kendrick|
|Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflects back on a rough start to the season and how everything turned around when Yasiel Puig was called up and injured veterans returned to the roster.
More» Mattingly reflects on clinching the NL West|
|Anyone who thought the Dodgers' playoff celebration would be subdued was badly mistaken -- the party was on -- yet Thursday's victory against the D-backs was only one step toward Los Angeles' World Series aspirations.
More» Kasten on NL West champion Dodgers|
|A bang-bang play at Chase Field on Wednesday night, when Michael Young was called out trying to score on an Adrian Gonzalez double, was a perfect example of why MLB is considering a blanket instant-replay system to be implemented as early as next season.
More» D-backs combine to throw Young out at home|
|Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers' starting lineup from a sprained left ankle and came alive on Tuesday night at Chase Field. It couldn't have occurred at a more opportune time.
More» Kemp drives in three runs in a four-hit game|
|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»|