Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Give Jake Peavy credit for constantly trying to adjust. At 33 years old and at this point in his career, the Giants right-hander's fastball isn't what it used to be. But whose is at an advanced baseball age? Just ask Justin Verlander and Tim Lincecum.
More» Peavy strikes out Rios looking in the 4th|
|The long-term future for Justin Upton is wide open. The Padres only hope that the future beyond this season will include them.
More» Upton hits a solo blast to center field|
|It's always something with Tim Lincecum, whether it's his mechanics or a stiff neck. Right now, he is standing at the precipice without much margin for anything else to happen.
More» Lincecum induces a double play in the 4th|
|Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong took a shot off the inside of his left shin during the first inning of Friday's start against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park and overcame the incident to record his best outing of the spring.
More» Vogelsong pitches 4 2/3 scoreless innings|
|The new Matt Kemp is a new Padre, and that makes him a happy man. After leaving the Dodgers in an offseason trade and recovering from several injuries, Kemp is in a good environment with a team that has a chance to make a run in 2015.
More» Kemp on Black, expectations for Padres|
|As one of the headliners on this year's ballot, legendary closer Trevor Hoffman is anticipating the writers' vote in humble fashion.
More» Hoffman on induction to Padres Hall of Fame|
|The Yankees didn't make the postseason in 2014, but Joe Girardi may have done his best work during the seven years he's managed a club that's expected to win the World Series every year.
More»Girardi talks pitching rotation, expectations|
|A.J. Hinch is hoping to make the best of his second act as a Major League manager with the Houston Astros.
More»Hinch on positives in loss, Oberholtzer on his outing|
|It may have been "Matt Harvey Day," but David Price was nearly as dominant in his two-inning Spring Training debut for the Tigers.
More» Price discusses first Spring Training outing|
|Ichiro Suzuki has his sights set on helping the Marlins win, and also becoming the first player from Japan to reach 3,000 hits.
More»Ichiro excited to join young Marlins team at camp|
|Inside the Nats' clubhouse is a row of lockers that's indicative of how strong their starting rotation may be this season. From left to right: Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. It's still to be determined whether that group will be good enough to pitch the Nationals into the World Series.
More»Harper discusses 2015 expectations, adding Scherzer|
|The first two years in the Major Leagues have presented the highest of highs and lowest of lows for Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
More»Wacha discusses health, mindset after bullpen session|
|Just prior to his first appearance for the Orioles last August after the Red Sox traded him to Baltimore, Andrew Miller ran in from the bullpen to a rousing ovation from the 39,487 fans at Camden Yards, an experience that is indelibly etched in his memory, the newest Yankees left-hander said. Miller is hoping to create more special moments at Yankee Stadium in the years ahead.
More»Get to know new Yankees reliever Andrew Miller|
|Upon arriving in camp for the first time this spring, new shortstop Didi Gregorius received these words of wisdom from manager Joe Girardi: Try to be the best Didi Grigorius you can be. Don't try to be like Derek Jeter, the icon he's replacing on the left side of the Yanks infield.
More»Gregorius on joining Yankees, championship goals|
|Dan Duquette has four years remaining on his contract as Orioles president of baseball operations, but his talks to take the same position in Toronto with the Blue Jays this past offseason were no mere flirtation. His relationship with the Blue Jays goes back.
More»Dan Duquette believes Orioles will succeed in 2015|
|The Giants head into their eighth season under manager Bruce Bochy, trying to win it all again with a new combination at the hot corner. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval and third-base coach Tim Flannery are gone, replaced by Casey McGehee and Roberto Kelly, respectively.
More»McGehee arrives at Giants Spring Training|
|The pending signing of hot Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada by the Red Sox -- for a record bonus of $31.5 million -- was the hot topic of discussion as Cactus League general managers and their managers gathered for a two-hour media session on Monday.
More»Sanchez on Red Sox landing Cuban prospect Moncada|
|Considering all the roster moves the Padres and Dodgers made during the offseason, the defending World Series-winning Giants still have the best bullpen in the tough National League West and perhaps the best manager in Major League Baseball to utilize it.
More»Bruce Bochy highlights Spring Training goals|
|Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and Randy Johnson head up a Hall Fame caliber front-office staff that hopes to instill a winning attitude on a D-backs roster ready for a fresh start.
More»Hale on D-backs building chemistry in Spring Training|
|Mariners pitchers and catchers opened Spring Training on Saturday at the Peoria Sports Complex way ahead of where they were a year ago.
More»Mariners add Nelson Cruz to help fuel playoff hopes|
|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»|