Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|With all due apologies to Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is the best pitcher in the National League.
More» Bumgarner blanks Cubs, plates game's only run|
|Masahiro Tanaka has pitched in hard luck for most of this season, but on one matter there seems to be certainty. For the first time since 2014, when he opened his first season with a 12-1 record in his first 14 starts, the Japanese right-hander appears to be completely healthy.
More» Tanaka fans four in seven solid innings|
|Jake Arrieta has now won his last 19 decisions and the Cubs have been victorious in his last 22 starts dating back to July 25. He has also pitched two no-hitters during that span. But the best may be yet to come.
More» Arrieta fans eight, improves to 8-0|
|Because of injuries and a myriad of factors, last year the A's bullpen bottomed out. Their 28 saves were the lowest in Major League Baseball. Their ERA of 4.63 was 28th. The goal in the offseason was to rebuild the bullpen. Mission accomplished.
More» Madson strikes out Rua to secure the win|
|It's been nearly 15 years since the Yankees lost the 2001 World Series in seven games to the D-backs, and no matter what he says, Joe Torre will never get over it.
More» Torre, Brenly, catch ceremonial first pitch|
|The five Royals hitters who faced Yankees fireball-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman on Monday night said, to a man, that they'd never seen anything like it.
More» Chapman makes his Yankees debut in the 9th|
|It may be just a coincidence that the Royals, a team which has thrived the last two seasons on a three-headed bullpen came to town on the night the Yankees' Aroldis Chapman was activated and spit a series of 100-mph-plus fastballs when he pitched the ninth inning for New York.
More» Davis induces a grounder, earns the save|
|The Yankees have now played all their opponents in the always-tough American League East, and they go home to face the Red Sox for a three-game set again this weekend.
More»Jim Kaat joins MLB Central in the studio|
|Gamesmanship is a big part of baseball, and the Yankees and Orioles have been engaged in the practice all week. O's manager Buck Showalter sees shadows and goblins within the matrix of the pinstripes, and even as the Yanks struggle, with Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, he expects there to be a revival.
|The realities of a 162-game season have a way of creeping in. And the Orioles and Yankees are feeling it big-time at the outset of May.
More» A-Rod leaves game in the 8th with an injury|
|Red Sox outfielder Chris Young and Aaron Hicks, the player who replaced him this season as the Yankees' backup left fielder, have remained focused as they work through the transition phase with their new clubs.
More» Young singles home Betts in the 6th|
|Alex Rodriguez had his own weekend to remember, even though the Yankees had one they'd rather forget because the Red Sox swept the three-game series.
More» A-Rod tallies four RBIs in game vs. Red Sox|
|David Ortiz is having such a good start to what he has designed as his final season that all kinds of stories have been floating around about Big Papi possibly returning next year.
More» MLB Plus looks at Ortiz's clutch homer|
|Alex Rodriguez has had his best back-to-back offensive days of the season for the Yankees, but the performance went for naught. A-Rod crushed his fourth homer of the season and second in successive games into the seats above the Green Monster in left-center at Fenway Park to open the second inning on Friday night.
More» A-Rod homers, gives bat to young fan|
|Phillies starter Aaron Nola was on a mission to find himself on Thursday against the Nationals. And what he found at Nationals Park was the right combination of a split-finger fastball with a devastating curve.
More» Nola stymies Nats over seven scoreless|
|When the Phillies faced the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park earlier this month, Bryce Harper pummeled Philadelphia pitching.
More» Araujo fans Harper, escapes bases-loaded jam|
|For David Wright, these are the nights that make all the struggles worth it as he laced the game-winning single in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Reds on Tuesday at Citi Field. And believe him, he's struggling to play through chronic spinal stenosis in his lower back and each day is a pain, both literally and figuratively.
More» Wright gives Mets the lead with RBI single|
|It's still only the end of April, but the Yankees may already be facing a moment of truth. They're heading out on the road for a tough nine-game trip through Texas, Boston and Baltimore, short on offense and suddenly even shorter on players.
More» A-Rod plates Gardner with an RBI double|
|The Yankees can make two fixes to jump-start their offense almost immediately: Call up veteran switch-hitter Nick Swisher and entertain offers for closer Aroldis Chapman before he returns from his 30-game suspension on May 9.
More» Miller picks up fourth save of season|
|It's still just 13 games into a new baseball season for the stumbling Yankees, who have lost two games in a row and six of their last seven. But after a 5-2 loss to the A's at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night when his club had problems in almost every area, manager Joe Girardi was more frustrated than usual in his postgame remarks.
More» Coghlan turns DP in 7th, call stands|
|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»|