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Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.

  • July 14 10:00 AM ET

    Bochy remains driven as ever for Giants

    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 04: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants talks with manager Bruce Bochy #15 prior to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The first half of the Giants season is thankfully behind them and manager Bruce Bochy is healthy and bullish about his club's play the rest of the way. More»Posey, Bumgarner lead team in first half
  • July 07 2:31 AM ET

    Dodgers poised for sustained success

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The All-Star break begins Monday, and with 58 wins each, the Dodgers and Astros are on a blistering pace to run away with their respective leagues. The Dodgers are 44-17 since April and Thursday night's come-from-behind stunner in the ninth, with four runs off D-backs closer Fernando Rodney for a 5-4 win at Dodger Stadium, was really a microcosm of their season to date. More» Forsythe cranks a solo homer to center field
  • July 06 2:41 AM ET

    A heady first half for surprising Wood

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood looks to throw to first after fielding a bunt single by Arizona Diamondbacks' Gregor Blanco during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)With Dodgers star left-hander Clayton Kershaw out of next Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park, the obvious replacement should be his teammate, Alex Wood. More» Wood blanks the D-backs, improves to 10-0
  • July 05 4:05 PM ET

    Bouton, wife make terrific team

    Jim Bouton dances with his wife, Paula Kurman, outside their home in the Berkshires. (Getty)After 35 years, there's obviously still a love affair there between Jim Bouton and his wife, Paula Kurman. The two have been together so long they can finish each other's sentences, which now for Kurman is an imperative. Five years ago, the former pitcher was struck with what his wife said was a "devastating" stroke. More»
  • July 03 10:22 AM ET

    Alderson candid, humorous at SABR

    With the All-Star break and non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was at his most glib and forthcoming to a crowd of about 700 SABR members, who gathered at Citi Field hours prior to a New York win over the Phillies on Friday. More»
  • June 30 3:34 PM ET

    Miami preps for second major event of 2017

    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 10: A general view of Marlins Park during the playing of the national anthems prior to Game 2 Pool C of the 2017 World Baseball Classic between Team Colombia and Team USA on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images) The Marlins are about to host the All-Star Game for the first time since the franchise's inception in 1993. That also means that Marlins Park hasn't yet gotten its hands on an All-Star Game either. But the ballpark has welcomed several games during the World Baseball Classic, which boasts all the pomp and circumstance of an All-Star Game or postseason tilt. More»Yelich joins Morosi to discuss Team USA's win
  • June 30 12:51 PM ET

    Guzman is a Yankees prospect to watch

    Jorge Guzman is a hard-throwing 21-year-old right-hander starting for the short-season Staten Island Yankees. On Monday in the picturesque Ballpark at St. George, Guzman touched 102 miles per hour and threw consistently in the 100s as he went six innings. More»Yankees get a pair of young righties for Brian McCann
  • June 28 1:33 PM ET

    Yanks of '77, '78 had own style and panache

    Carlos May, Bucky Dent and Roy White greet Chris Chambliss after a home run in 1977.All Yankees teams have their own flair and personality, but the back-to-back World Series winners of 1977-78 had the most guts. More»
  • June 26 10:17 AM ET

    Holliday makes impact with veteran presence

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Matt Holliday #17 of the New York Yankees in action against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on May 23, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees 6-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)When the Yankees signed Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract this past December, they knew they were getting a prototype 37-year-old right-handed swinger perfectly suited to the role of designated hitter. They just didn't realize what kind of presence Holliday would have in the clubhouse. More» Holliday breaks the deadlock with solo shot
  • June 23 10:00 AM ET

    Scioscia remains at top of his game this season

    Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia greets Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus during warm ups before a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Angels are 38-38, nearing the halfway point of the season. And the job manager Mike Scioscia's doing, keeping them at .500 considering injuries to Mike Trout, plus most of the starting rotation and bullpen, may be his masterpiece. More» Scioscia on Chavez's outing, comeback win
  • June 21 10:00 AM ET

    Game becomes a family affair for Negron

    Ray Negron was given a batboy position as a gesture from George M. Steinbrenner in 1973. (AP)Ray Negron has been with the Yankees for 44 years. He started as a bat boy and has grown into one of the club's most trusted community relations advisors. Now Negron Is taking on one of his most important roles: as agent and advisor to his son, Ricky, a power-hitting third baseman who was selected earlier this month by the Braves in the 34th round of the Draft. More»
  • June 13 10:29 AM ET

    Sidelined prospect Kaprielian visits Yanks

    Yankees pitching prospect James Kaprielian visited the big league club prior to Monday night's 5-3 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium. The Southern California native is two months removed from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery after missing almost the entire 2016 season with a right flexor strain. More» Marakovits on Kaprielian at Angel Stadium
  • June 11 3:12 AM ET

    Hader makes it through MLB debut unscathed

    Josh Hader has this whole Jacob deGrom thing going. Long, stringy blond hair flowing to his shoulders from beneath his Brewers cap. More» Hader gets Lamb looking for first career K
  • June 09 10:55 AM ET

    After health scare, Carew living life to fullest

    Baseball Hall of Famer and transplant recipient Rod Carew talks as Mary Reuland looks on during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Carew received a heart and kidney donation from Mary's son Konrad Reuland that gave Carew a second chance at life. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Hall of Famer Rod Carew believes he's a walking, talking miracle. When he had a heart attack on a golf course near his Orange County, Calif., home on Sept. 20, 2015, he went down for the count three times. More»Carew discusses successful heart transplant surgery
  • June 07 11:01 AM ET

    Padres-Red Sox A-Gon trade revisited

    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 15: Rey Fuentes #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up on deck during the first inning of the MLB game against the New York Mets at Chase Field on May 15, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When the D-backs called up center fielder Rey Fuentes from Triple-A on May 15 to replace the injured A.J. Pollock, it called to mind the Padres' blockbuster trade of Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox after the 2010 season. More» Fuentes extends the lead with RBI groundout
  • June 05 11:11 AM ET

    Much more in store for Pujols after No. 600

    Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols takes batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Albert Pujols has a slew of milestones directly ahead of him. Perhaps the most significant is 3,000 hits. He's 124 hits away and could certainly become the 31st player to do it this season. On the homer list, Sammy Sosa at 609, Jim Thome at 612 and Ken Griffey Jr. at 630 are all within reach this season. More» Pujols receives a standing ovation in 8th
  • May 31 4:45 PM ET

    Let's be prank: Bryant surprised by Maddux

    Three months later, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is still laughing about it. On a University of Nevada field in February, Bryant took batting practice against Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. But he didn't know it was Maddux. More»Phil Rogers on Maddux's pranks as a player
  • May 29 8:48 PM ET

    Maddon: 'We're too good' not to turn it around

    MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs (right) talks with outfielder Jason Heyward #22 during batting practice at a spring training workout at Sloan Park on February 24, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Every season has a different texture to it, as Cubs manager Joe Maddon is acutely aware. Thus, despite their position on Memorial Day at 25-25 and 1 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the National League Central, it's way too early to worry about the defending World Series champions. More» Heyward drives two in with a single
  • July 16 12:53 AM ET

    God Bless Michael Weiner

    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»
  • May 24 3:15 AM ET

    Confronting ghosts and slaying dragons

    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»
  • February 18 10:28 AM ET

    Paul over Durant as NBA ASG MVP

    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»
  • February 09 7:50 PM ET

    I survived cancer and the D-backs 5K run

    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»
  • January 27 6:17 PM ET

    Two tales of one city

    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»
  • January 08 10:59 AM ET

    My Hall of Fame Ballot for 2013

    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»
  • December 20 6:26 AM ET

    Thoughts on the Green family

    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»
  • November 16 5:52 PM ET

    More on Cabrera

    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»
  • November 16 2:08 AM ET

    Finally, Nate Silver misses one on Trout over Cabrera

    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»
  • August 26 9:00 PM ET

    Towers: D-backs not hoisting white flag

    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»
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