Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|It's hard to believe on this Father's Day that Tony Gwynn Sr. is 53 and his son, Tony Jr., is already 30. Gwynn is the only career Padre inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a .338 lifetime hitter and possesses eight NL batting titles. I caught up with him before Friday's 1998 NL champions' ceremony at Petco Park.
More»Gwynn gives his Hall of Fame acceptance speech|
|The 1998 Padres team that made the World Series was honored at Petco Park on Friday.
More»The 1998 Padres visit USS Wayne E. Meyer|
|David Wright spoke with MLB.com about his World Baseball Classic experience, the future of the tournament and the direction and play of the Mets.
More» Wright clocks a two-run homer in the third|
|The D-backs are no strangers to adversity, and two of their pitchers -- Brandon McCarthy and Daniel Hudson -- are facing the type of injuries that place wins and losses firmly on the back burner.
More» Hudson discusses decision to have surgery|
|Ichiro Suzuki is about to join the pantheon of the baseball gods on a statistical plateau only two other players have passed: 4,000 hits. Including his infield single in the Yankees' 6-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, Ichiro needs only 67 to match that lofty level.
More» Ichiro passes Williams on all-time hits list|
|The first thing everyone needs to know about Andy Pettitte after his return Monday night from the disabled list is that he's feeling just fine. The next thing everyone needs to know is that he was pretty upset with himself for not being able to make it out of the fifth inning in a 7-4 Yankees victory over the Indians at Yankee Stadium.
More» Pettitte makes nice play to retire Bourne|
|With a little more than a third of the season behind them, the John Farrell era has paid great dividends already for the Red Sox.
More» Buchholz silences Yanks over five frames|
|Mark Teixeira has pledged that he won't continue the repetitive act that partially tore the sheath surrounding the tendon in his right wrist and put him on the disabled list for the first two months of the season.
More» Teixeira rips single for first hit of season|
|If there was a change in feeling and texture to the Yankees on Friday night with the return of Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, it should come as no surprise.
More» Girardi on CC's gem, Teixeira's return|
|The first few months of the season for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman have mirrored the experiences of many of the players on his team. He has been mending from a serious injury and is not yet completely off the disabled list.
More» Cashman on both his injury and Teixeira's|
|The Yankees were swept by the Mets in their four-game Subway Series this week, but now the team's executive branch hopes that with the return of a trio of star veteran players, the season is about to begin for real.
More» Youkilis rips a two-run single to left|
|Contrary to the belief of some Yankees fans, the veteran Yankees on the disabled list couldn't be returning at a better time. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will be reactivated on Friday night when the Yanks open a three-game home series against the Red Sox.
More»Teixeira hopes to be back with Yankees by end of May|
|The Yankees are going to have some tough decisions to make in the next few days with Mark Teixeira nearing a return, and Lyle Overbay is making it even tougher on them.
More» Overbay knocks an RBI single off Harvey|
|Though Mariano Rivera's numbers are gaudy, and perhaps even beyond his own expectations, there is no changing his mind, no change of heart about retiring at the end of the season. "No chance, no chance," Rivera told MLB.com on Monday at Citi Field. "Zero chance."
More» Mo meets and greets fans at Citi Field|
|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|
|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»|