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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.

  • 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
  • September 06 1:00 AM ET

    Royals, Yanks on opposite ends of playoff-race spectrum

    The playoff races in the American League are dwindling to the final three weeks of the season. At one end of the spectrum, the Royals control their own fate, leading the Central over Detroit. At the other end, the Yankees are watching their chances of attaining even the second Wild Card berth diminish with every loss. More» Shields, Davis on 1-0 win over the Yankees
  • August 31 1:04 AM ET

    Hoffman's HOF induction seems inevitable

    Trevor Hoffman speaks at the ceremony in which he was inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame. (AP Images)Trevor Hoffman was inducted into the Padres' Hall of Fame on Saturday, which was a nice honor for the National League's all-time leader with 601 saves. But this is just Hoffman's appetizer for 2016. More»Trevor Hoffman on his induction into the Padres HOF
  • August 30 12:27 AM ET

    San Diego honors Hall of Famer Maddux

    The Padres honored Greg Maddux on Friday night as San Diego manager Bud Black presented him with a plaque prior to the home game against the Dodgers. Maddux was the 10th player to at least play a portion of his career with the Padres now to have a plaque in the hallowed Hall led by the late Tony Gwynn, the only one in that group to play his entire 20-year career in San Diego. More» Greg Maddux is honored in San Diego
  • August 28 2:25 AM ET

    Kershaw deserves NL's Cy Young and MVP

    MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom makes the case that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw deserves to be the eighth pitcher to win both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award. More» Kershaw fans 10 to record his 16th win
  • August 24 7:48 PM ET

    Prado, McCarthy thriving in Bronx environment

    Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy were teammates with the last-place D-backs before being acquired by the Yankees in July. The switch to pinstripes has rejuvenated both players. More» McCarthy induces flyout to seal the shutout
  • August 23 4:00 PM ET

    Torre not yet done writing story of survival

    Joe Torre stands with his replica plaque during a pregame ceremony to retire his No. 6.Of all the hurdles Joe Torre had to overcome, no small part of it was his battle with what he calls "an aggressive form" of prostate cancer. Torre was diagnosed with the disease in 1999, during the zenith of his managerial tenure with the Yankees. More» Yanks honor Torre, retire his No. 6
  • August 22 9:56 PM ET

    Torre set to take proper place in Monument Park

    It's never too late to do the right thing, and nearly seven years after he officially wore the pinstripes as their manager for the last time, the Yankees are retiring Joe Torre's No. 6 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. More»Joe Torre joins Mad Dog on High Heat
  • August 05 12:49 AM ET

    Visit with wounded veterans has big impact on O's

    It's not as if the Orioles needed a harsh lesson in life's perspective, manager Buck Showalter said on Monday, but they were given one anyway. With a makeup game at Nationals Park in the offing on Monday night, Showalter, his wife, Angela, and nine players visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. There they spent two hours visiting with wounded veterans, most of them having returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. More»Orioles visit Walter Reed Medical Center
  • 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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