Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce is already a major impact player, averaging 32 home runs over the past three seasons. And he has even loftier expectations for himself this year.
More»Joey Votto and Jay Bruce on the 2014 season|
|Great starting pitching was the hallmark of San Francisco's two recent World Series-winning teams and the rotation intends to be competitive again in 2014.
More» Hudson tosses three scoreless frames vs. Reds|
|Four years after retirement, Trevor Hoffman is now the upper level pitching coordinator for the Padres, imparting his infinite wisdom to San Diego's hurlers.
More»Black on young pitchers gaining experience in spring|
|The Archie Bradley era for the D-backs began in earnest on Monday night, and the first returns were electrifying, writes Barry M. Bloom.
More»Bradley is excited about his outing vs. Rockies|
|Cody Ross was not in the outfield Sunday for the D-backs against the National League West-rival Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, but he's getting a little bit closer every day.
More» Ross looking to bounce back from 2013|
|Back with the Phillies as bench coach under new skipper Ryne Sandberg, Larry Bowa wants to make this perfectly clear: Right now he has no intention of ever managing again.
More»Bowa on being back with Phillies as bench coach|
|After more than 20 years across Japan and Major League Baseball, Ichiro Suzuki for the first time finds himself without a position or a starting berth on a Yankees team chocked with high-priced outfielders and Japanese stars.
|The long feeling-out process between pitcher and catcher began in earnest on Wednesday for Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova and his new catcher, Brian McCann.
More»Brian McCann on the beginning of his Yankees career|
|Regardless of the circumstances of how it came about, it can now be said that Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette played the free-agent market just right. With the signings in the last week of outfielder Nelson Cruz and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, Duquette didn't dive into the market as much as he let it come to him.
More»Duquette on Cruz, Jimenez and the 2014 Orioles|
|The medical trials and tribulations of Derrick Hall almost took a turn for the worse last month when the D-backs' president and chief executive officer underwent tests at the University of Washington in Seattle to determine whether he had pancreatic cancer.
More»D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall on SU2C|
|The first thing you should know is that Joba Chamberlain is wearing a neat, tightly-trimmed beard, which is just fine around Tigertown. Chamberlain, looking slim and fit, said he's in a good place: happy to have had his experience with the Yankees and looking forward to helping the Tigers win the World Series.
More»A day on the Joba with Joba Chamberlain|
|Heath Bell has spent the last few years bouncing back and forth from coast to coast like a ping pong ball: from San Diego to Miami to Arizona and now to Tampa Bay.
More» Bell loses save chances in revamped bullpen|
|Phil Hughes is happy to be a member of the Twins, a tad disappointed in how he left the Yankees, but looking forward, always looking forward.
More» Hughes looks to lower ERA at Target Field|
|In his annual State of the Big Papi address, David Ortiz, now 38, said he's asking the club to extend his current contract by a season, and by one season only. Afterward, principal owner John Henry said management might be inclined to do just that.
More»Big Papi hungrier than ever as 2014 begins|
|One Joe is waiting to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, and the other is beginning his seventh season as manager of the Yankees with a wildly different cast and revamped roster. But no doubt, Joe Torre and Joe Girardi made their individual impact on the Yankees, combining to guide clubs to five of New York's 27 World Series victories.
More»Girardi shares a few things he learned while managing|
|The vicissitudes of the 2013 season behind him, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly joined his club in camp this weekend with a renewed attitude and in a different comfort zone. There are no guarantees in sports, but there's something about a three-year contract that brings a spring to the step.
More»GM Colletti on decision to extend skipper Mattingly|
|In a major new initiative announced at their FanFest on Saturday at Chase Field, the D-backs are dressing local youth and Little League baseball players in the home colors of Sedona red, black, green, purple, white, you name it.
|His contract extended earlier this week, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson joked and joshed individually and collectively with the media, which tells you a lot about his continued growth and comfort in the position. When it came to talking about his job security, the sometimes recalcitrant Gibson was expansive.
More»Gilbert on extensions for GM Towers, manager Gibson|
|Rinku Singh, the left-handed pitcher who came to the U.S. from his native India almost six years ago after winning a contest, is about to become more than famous, reporting to Pirates' Spring Training while also being portrayed in a movie.
|With the start of Spring Training just a couple of weeks away, the Yankees are not finished with the open market, although the big spending for this year may be over, said club president Randy Levine.
More»Hoch on expectations for Jeter in 2014|
|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»|