Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|When Francisco Cervelli strained his right hamstring running out a ground ball in the fourth inning Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, manager Joe Girardi looked down his very shortened bench and didn't have many options at first base: That's when Carlos Beltran again came through in the clutch.
More» Beltran goes 3-for-4, plays first base|
|Mark Teixeira said on Saturday before the Yankees played the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium that he can't feel sorry for himself about missing 168 of 191 regular-season games dating back to Aug. 28, 2012.
More» Teixeira exits the game with an injury|
|It has been nearly a decade since that seminal Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, and finally it must be said that the storied rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox has decidedly tilted toward Boston.
More» Sizemore hits a three-run homer to take lead|
|While almost everyone was worried about Brian McCann's lack of offense in his first regular-season weeks with the Yankees, his value is clearly what he offers behind the plate.
More» Newest Yanks score runs vs. Red Sox|
|On Thursday, Tony La Russa became the sixth and final member of the Class of 2014 to tour the Hall of Fame in advance of his summer enshrinement, and he called the experience "overwhelming."
More» La Russa answers fans' questions|
|The fine art of deciding when to use an instant replay challenge was on display in all its glory on Tuesday night at Chase Field.
More» Giants lose review, unable to challenge again|
|It's safe to say that as Buster Posey goes, so go the Giants. When the money and all the pressure was once again on the line in the ninth inning Monday, Posey got hold of an Addison Reed fastball and sent it about as far as a ball can go in left-center at Chase Field in a 9-8 season-opening win over the D-backs.
More» Giants turn a strike 'em out throw em out|
|It was apparent Tuesday that the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is Joe Torre's museum. Torre's life as a fan, player, manager, and now Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, seems to touch every nook and cranny of the nearly 75-year-old edifice.
More»Torre visits Cooperstown, tours Hall of Fame|
|There was one word to describe how pending Hall of Famers Bobby Cox and Greg Maddux came together to tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum on Monday: serendipity.
|Randy Wolf isn't acting like a man who is firmly on the Mariners' bubble right now, and there's good reason.
More» Wolf strikes out Bonifacio to start the game|
|Despite all the negotiations and gesticulations of the free-agent marketplace, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told an audience on Friday morning during the third annual SABR Analytical Conference that All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano might have been won over because of a birthday cake for his agent.
More»A look inside SABR and their annual convention|
|Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said on Friday morning that his stance on slugger Ryan Braun is to forgive, but not forget.
More» Braun on staying busy in right field|
|The rocky road for former pitching coaches to become Major League managers has been smoothed and paved recently by the likes of Boston's John Farrell and San Diego's Bud Black. Not only is the Reds' Bryan Price a former pitcher, but he faces the double whammy of being a skipper without any big league playing experience.
More»Bryan Price on his first season with the Reds|
|The days of Spring Training are dwindling to a spare few, and it looks like Matt Kemp will remain at Camelback Ranch, not only when the Dodgers break camp for their season-opening trip to Australia, but well beyond that. Time marches on, and right now the clock is not in Kemp's favor.
More»Mattingly updates progress of Greinke, Kemp|
|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|
|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»|