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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.

  • October 17 3:43 PM ET

    Bochy once again pulling all the right strings

    Jake Peavy has witnessed Bruce Bochy manage since he was a 20-year-old pitcher just emerging with the Padres. Bochy is in his 20th season managing, 12 with the Padres and eight in San Francisco. More» Ishikawa sends Giants to WS with homer
  • October 13 9:00 PM ET

    Posey still postseason guiding force for Giants

    Buster Posey is not officially the captain of the San Francisco Giants, but he might as well be. A two-time All-Star catcher, Posey is the core player on a team that has been to the National League Championship Series three times in his five-year career and won the World Series twice. More» Giants on shutout win in NLCS Game 1
  • October 09 5:19 PM ET

    Memories of 2012 NLCS fresh for Cards, Giants

    The Giants and Cardinals are back at it in the National League Championship Series for the fourth time since 1987, and memories of what happened just two scant years ago have to be fresh in the minds of Redbird fans everywhere. More» Giants are headed to the World Series
  • October 05 3:43 AM ET

    Healthy again, Kemp back to putting hurt on opponents

    It's been a long journey for Matt Kemp along the road from injury and recovery to helping his club win Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Saturday night against the Cardinals. More» Kemp hammers go-ahead shot in the 8th
  • October 04 2:12 AM ET

    Even in a jam, Kershaw gives Mattingly no fear

    For those wondering why Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was left in to allow eight earned runs, six of them in the climactic seventh inning on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly provided the answer: It's simply hard to remove Kershaw from a start. More» Mattingly on why he left Kershaw in game
  • October 02 10:00 AM ET

    Ichiro eyes place to reach 3,000 hits

    New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki runs to the dugout after grounding out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Detroit Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Ichiro Suzuki just finished his 14th Major League season only 156 hits shy of the cherished 3,000-hit mark. Even though he wants to play baseball again next year, he's not sure what big league team is going to give him the opportunity. More» Ichiro rips a two-run triple to right-center
  • September 28 9:17 PM ET

    Jeter's career ends with love, emotion

    Derek Jeter leaves the field after playing in his final game. (AP Images)The fans at Fenway Park were still chanting Derek Jeter's name throughout the ninth inning on Sunday, which tells you all you need to know. He was hours gone from his final game, and by and large they were Red Sox fans, but the love was universal. More» Jeter reflects on his career after last game
  • September 27 6:42 PM ET

    Cespedes central figure of Red Sox's future success

    BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Boston Red Sox runs to first base after a hit in the second inning against the New York Yankees during a game at Fenway Park on September 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)To mangle a famous line penned eons ago by a music critic to describe young rocker Bruce Springsteen: I have seen the future of the Boston Red Sox and it is Yoenis Cespedes. The trade that rocked the baseball world and has had such a devastating effect on the A's offense is set to pay huge dividends for the Red Sox. More» Cespedes picks up 100th RBI with single
  • September 26 11:01 PM ET

    Emotionally spent Jeter takes rare break

    The day after his chilling and engrossing finale at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter was spent. He was so spent that for the first time in his 20-year career Jeter wanted to sit and that he did in Friday night's opener of a season-closing three-game set against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. That had never happened with any manager, certainly not with Joe Torre, definitely not with Joe Girardi, until Friday night. More» Red Sox fans honor Jeter, chant his name
  • September 26 12:46 AM ET

    Jeter's place among Yankees greats secure

    With the curtain having fallen on Derek Jeter's career -- at least at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night -- there's not much dispute about where he stands on the list of all-time Yankee great position players: Pretty darned high. More» Jeter takes home field for the final time
  • September 24 8:05 PM ET

    O's steady rise even sweeter in Bronx

    It's been a banner year for the Baltimore Orioles. After a 9-5 win at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Baltimore eliminated its rival from postseason contention -- certainly an inner source of pride for Orioles skipper Buck Showalter, whose managerial career began with four seasons in the Bronx (1992-95) before he was replaced by Joe Torre. More» Showalter reacts to O's clinching AL East
  • September 20 8:42 PM ET

    Preller looking forward to working with Black

    As A.J. Preller has gone about the task of evaluating the Padres in his first months as general manger, he has defined one area that is not a problem: He is bullish about the job Bud Black is doing as manager. More» Black earns his 600th win as Padres' skipper
  • September 20 3:40 AM ET

    Timmy offers tested option to scuffling rotation

    It's becoming obvious that the Giants have to consider replacing veteran pitcher Tim Hudson in the starting rotation. Fortunately for San Francisco, Tim Lincecum offers a tried and true option, writes columnist Barry M. Bloom. More» Lincecum fans eight Brewers over six frames
  • September 18 10:35 PM ET

    Gwynn Jr. forging ahead after his father's passing

    For Tony Gwynn Jr., there hasn't been much time to mourn. The baseball season has a pace and presence to it that demands staying in the present and not reflecting on the past. There are signs and stories and memories of his famous father everywhere. Gwynn Sr., the Hall of Fame right fielder and eternal Padre, passed away June 16 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland. More» Gwynn Jr. on his dad, gets ovation at Petco
  • September 17 2:30 AM ET

    Peavy everything Bochy expected him to be

    When the Giants' braintrust sat down in July to discuss the possible acquisition of Jake Peavy from the Red Sox, Bruce Bochy was asked about his previous experience managing the right-hander as a youngster when the two were together with the Padres. "They knew I was all in on it," Bochy said. More» Peavy allows one run over 7 2/3 innings
  • September 16 2:58 AM ET

    Giants' fortunes riding on Pagan's iffy health

    It has been the tale of two very distinct seasons for the Giants -- with and without Angel Pagan in the lineup -- and that pattern held fast as San Francisco's hopes of winning the National League West continued to fade with a 6-2 loss after Pagan was scratched from the lineup because of a stiff back. More» Pagan laces RBI hot shot to the right side
  • September 07 8:17 PM ET

    Jeter Day signals end of an era for Yankees

    The ceremony honoring Derek Jeter on Sunday at Yankee Stadium marked not only the pending end of a career, but certainly the conclusion of another great Yankees era. More» Posada, Mo on Jeter being last of Core Four
  • September 06 7:40 PM ET

    Jeter plans to play in final games at Fenway Park

    With "Derek Jeter Day" slated for Sunday at Yankee Stadium, let's get a few housekeeping items out of the way. Despite any speculation to the contrary, Jeter undoubtedly will play in the regular season's final three-game series Sept. 26-28 at Boston's Fenway Park regardless of whether the Yankees are still vying for a playoff spot. More» Jeter receives an ovation in first at-bat
  • 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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