Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Mike Piazza was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, along with Ken Griffey Jr., and his devoted father, Vince, was in the forefront of the sun-drenched crowd as Mike gave his speech on the stage at the Clark Sports Center.
More»Piazza thanks his family during induction speech|
|When Rod Carew had a heart attack this past September near his home in Southern California, the first goals in his recovery was to make it to Spring Training and the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this year.
More» Carew discusses his health and career|
|After two years of no electees by separate Veterans Committees, the National Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors moved on Saturday to change the process.
|This was the 15th consecutive year that Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith led his "Play Ball with Ozzie" clinic.
|The Mariners made Ken Griffey Jr. the first overall pick in the 1987 Draft. The following year, the Dodgers selected Mike Piazza with the 1,390th pick, in the 62nd round. From those vastly different starting points, the two have arrived at the same place at the same time.
More»Griffey Jr., Piazza excited to be inducted into HOF|
|Mike Piazza almost quit baseball as a young Minor Leaguer. Really. He struggled to convert to catching and suffered through differences with his coaches.
More»Griffey Jr. discusses his Hall of Fame induction|
|With the non-waiver Trade Deadline a scant two weeks away, the 44-44 Yankees are facing the make-or-break point of the 2016 season: a 10-game homestand at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox, Orioles and Giants, beginning Friday night. The results could determine whether the Yankees are buyers or sellers, contenders or also-rans.
More»Castro and Gregorius star for Yankees in first half|
|Trevor Hoffman has been all over the 87th edition of the All-Star Game, presented by MasterCard, representing the Padres around town at various events, and on Sunday, he managed the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM Futures Game.
More»Trevor Hoffman crashes couch on Padres Social Hour|
|Old rivals and now close friends don't often get together in public to talk about games and championships long past, but it happened on Thursday night in the Sycuan Casino Theater.
More»Garvey, Jackson share a fondness for one another|
|Never was the late Tony Gwynn prouder than on July 14, 1992, the day the stars gathered in San Diego for the second time. "I was thrilled to be playing in my home ballpark surrounded by our own San Diego fans," Gwynn said. "I worked hard to make that National League All-Star team."
More»Prime 9 moments of Tony Gwynn's career|
|By almost every metric, the Orioles are having another terrific season and are poised to make a solid run at the postseason. To that end, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told MLB.com that he will try to add more frontline pitching to the first-place club before the non-waiver Trade Deadline hits on Aug. 1.
More» Tillman earns a win with seven strong frames|
|The first half of the 2016 baseball season is over, and the Dodgers may have weathered a very disruptive storm. As of Saturday, they had $71.23 million worth of starting pitching on the disabled list.
More» McCarthy strikes out eight in five strong|
|Yankees reliever Andrew Miller has a heartbeat so he's well-aware of the trade rumors that have been flying about him in recent weeks, every one of them unsubstantiated.
More» Miller whiffs Park in the 8th inning|
|Brandon Maurer, the 25-year-old right-hander is well aware he's inheriting a wealth of Padres history succeeding the just traded Fernando Rodney in that role at the back of the bullpen.
More» Maurer retires Gardner to end the game|
|For those who played in and remember the 1998 World Series between the Padres and Yankees, it's still known as the pitch.
More» Tino hits a grand slam in the seventh|
|When Chase Headley trots out to third base for the Yankees on Friday night against his old club, the Padres, at Petco Park, he will have a strange sense of déjà vu. Headley was drafted by San Diego and had his best season for the Padres, but the environs have changed since he was traded to the Yankees almost two years ago.
More» Headley scores on passed ball for the win|
|Armed with rock anthem "Hells Bells" at his back, Trevor Hoffman would set the benchmark for the most saves in NL history, notching his last against the Mets on Sept. 29, 2010. Padres fans would go wild at the sound as the shutdown closer sprinted toward the mound.
More» Trevor Hoffman records his 500th career save|
|Cole Hamels grew up in north county San Diego and pitched at Rancho Bernardo High School. So it would figure that the Rangers' star left-hander would have a laser focus on this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 at Petco Park.
More» Hamels tosses seven shuotut frames vs. Yanks|
|After the Rangers' 7-1 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, they find themselves with a Major League-leading 51 wins and a comfortable 10-game lead in the AL West. It's right where they want to be, but Jon Daniels, their longtime general manager, is nervous.
More»Jon Daniels discusses Rangers, Colby Lewis' injury|
|For those of us who have been here to see it, San Diego and the local Major League clubs know how to put on jewel events. For those who haven't they'll undoubtedly be wowed when the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and festivities are staged here from July 10-12.
More»Padres fans take part in All-Star Game voting|