Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|With apologies to Dan Fouts, Junior Seau, Bill Walton and even Trevor Hoffman, San Diego has only one real icon, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn's imprint on the community went far beyond his .338 lifetime batting average, eight NL batting titles, 3,141 hits and a plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame that will be there as long as there is a museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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|With his mother, father, brother, girlfriend and a pair of other friends sitting in the Chase Field stands Sunday, Giants rookie second baseman Joe Panik had a first Major League start for the ages.
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|Tony Gwynn was sent "home" on Saturday during a poignant memorial service staged in the student union building on the campus of San Diego State, the university that provided neat bookends to the Hall of Famer's life.
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|The recent resurgence of Derek Jeter proves once again that no one should ever count out the nearly 40-year-old Yankees captain, writes columnist Barry M. Bloom.
More» Jeter goes 3-for-4 in last game in Seattle|
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn't come out and actually say it on Wednesday, but it's obvious he doesn't believe the Yankees, as currently constituted, can compete for their 28th World Series championship this season.
|Masahiro Tanaka continued his mastery of big league hitters on Friday night in a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, bringing his record to 11-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.99 in his first season pitching in the Major Leagues.
More» Tanaka fans Encarnacion for his 10th K|
|A day after the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the Padres icon was remembered fondly by Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday prior to the Yankees' opener against the Blue Jays.
More»Joe Girardi reflects on Tony Gwynn's life and career|
|With the death of Tony Gwynn at 54 on Monday, we recall members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who died young.
More»Broadcasters, managers and players honor Tony Gwynn|
|Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken Jr. talked about building character and making good life decisions with kids from seven area schools gathered in a jam-packed 720-seat auditorium not far from baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
More»Cal Ripken delivers Hall of Fame induction speech|
|A day after celebrating its big 75th birthday, Friday couldn't have been busier at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
More» Kay on Ruth's Hall of Fame plaque tour|
|Since the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened 75 years ago Thursday, the Clark family has operated it as part of a non-profit trust. From her grandfather, Stephen Sr., to her father Stephen Jr., and then on to Jane Forbes Clark herself, the gift of baseball's greatest artifacts have rested in the hands of the Clark family.
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|Cal Ripken Jr. was in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Thursday to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Hall of Fame, and the legendary shortstop took some time to chat with MLB.com.
More»Cal Ripken delivers Hall of Fame induction speech|
|Fans have often wondered why Cy Young, the greatest pitcher of all-time, wasn't inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the August inaugural Class of 1936.
More»Ripken delivers Gehrig's HOF plaque text|
|The fact that former D-backs star pitcher Brandon Webb couldn't make it back from two shoulder surgeries and seemingly endless rehab is still a cause of frustration. But oh, how he tried.
More»Brandon Webb won 22 games in 2008 for the D-backs|
|Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discussed a wide-range of topics with MLB.com, including the progress of the franchise, the wave of pitcher injuries, manager Terry Collins and more.
More» Alderson announces changes to team personnel|
|You have to wonder what it might be like for Bud Black to manage a team with a full stock of healthy and producing players, and equally you have to wonder what the Padres would be like without him. The team could easily be swirling in turmoil, but it's not.
|The contingent of players from Nippon Professional Baseball continues to grace the Yankees' lineup. And right now, the Bombers need Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki more than ever.
More» Kuroda reacts to Yankees' win vs. Pirates|
|Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is back and suddenly producing again like it's 2009. Teixeira has been on a tear, hitting nine homers in the 23 games since returning from the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. His two-run first-inning shot off veteran Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez on Saturday at Yankee Stadium sent the Yanks on their way to a 7-1 victory and was his eighth homer in the last 17 games.
More» Teixeira connects for his 350th home run|
|There is no perfect manager for any ballclub, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this week as his team was in the midst of splitting the four-game Subway Series with the cross-town rival Yankees, but Terry Collins seems to be the right one at this moment for New York's struggling National League franchise.
More» Collins discusses lack of offense at home|
|Derek Jeter's final game at the Mets' home park provided reason for nostalgia, as the Captain has been a thorn in the side of the Yankees' crosstown rivals for the better part of two decades, but his farewell in Queens was gracious and understated.
More»Mets honor Jeter with subway piece, charity donation|