Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|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|
|Dusty Baker is a 14-year prostate cancer survivor. Still, every six months he has the doctor check the marker for a disease that kills a man every 20 minutes. Baker's story is certainly germane any time of year, but it's particularly poignant as Father's Day approaches on Sunday.
More» Baker talks clutch hitting in 5-4 win|
|Tony Gwynn would have loved what transpired at Petco Park the past three days. One of the best hitters in National League history watching and commenting on one of the best hitters ever on two continents passing Pete Rose's all-time hits record of 4,256.
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|Ichiro Suzuki was an 11-year old, growing up in Japan on Sept. 11, 1985, when Pete Rose smacked a second-inning single at Riverfront Stadium to pass Ty Cobb into first place on the all-time hits list. It happened against the Padres. Nearly 31 years later, the confluence of Ichiro, Rose and the Padres crossed again at Petco Park in the first and ninth innings of a game the Marlins lost, 6-3.
More» Ichiro doubles to pass Rose at 4,257 hits|
|The last thing Don Mattingly expected when he took over this year as manager of the Marlins was this Ichiro Suzuki renaissance. Ichiro sprints out infield singles, ranges into the right-center field gap to grab line drives, gets on base five times in a single game with three base hits and a pair of walks. He did all this in Monday night's 13-4 Miami shellacking of the Padres at Petco Park.
More» Ichiro shows off his bat, legs and glove|
|So far, Carlos Beltran is having an unexpectedly terrific offensive season for the Yankees, stirring up some buzz about his eventual induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
More» Beltran hammers a two-run shot to left|
|Mike Scioscia is currently the longest tenured manager with a single team in Major League Baseball, now in the midst of his 17th season in the dugout for the Angels. His current contract ends in 2018 and Scosicia told MLB.com on Wednesday that he hopes to manage through then and beyond.
More»MLB Plus talks to Scioscia about Trout's progression|
|It wasn't the greatest road trip for Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, but on Monday night he was already ready to shake it off. The 6-foot-8 right-hander is one of the best young pitchers in the Major Leagues.
More» Betances gets Vogt to pop out to end the 7th|
|It had been four years since Ryne Sandberg was available to make the trek to this little town of 1,834 on the banks of Lake Otsego as he chased the dream of managing in the Major Leagues.
More»Ryne Sandberg returns home as Cubs ambassador|
|The real Matt Harvey re-emerged on a Memorial Day Monday afternoon at Citi Field, sparing the Mets a least that little bit of anxiety moving forward.
More» Harvey fans six in seven scoreless innings|
|Though Mets manager Terry Collins seems to still have confidence in him, there's no question that Matt Harvey is on the hot seat for Monday's Memorial Day start against the White Sox at Citi Field.
More»Smoltz discusses Harvey's recent struggles|
|J.J. Putz, who was accompanied by his 7-year-old son, Ethan, to Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field, said the two had the time of their lives.
|On May 4, CC Sabathia pitched six innings of scoreless, six-hit ball in a 7-0 win over the Orioles at Baltimore. Five days later, Aroldis Chapman returned from a 30-game domestic abuse suspension.
More» Sabathia earns 100th win with Yankees|
|It was the week that was, Toronto manager John Gibbons said with his usual good humor before the Blue Jays dropped a 6-0 decision to the division-rival Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
More» Gibbons gets tossed from the game|
|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|
|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»|