Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Darren Baker's baseball career at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., is over. The Marauders lost a first-round playoff game earlier this week, ending their 2017 season.
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|Ron Gardenhire joined the D-backs in the dugout Monday night as bench coach for the first time, and it was a combination of Opening Day and Christmas Day for the veteran baseball man. Not only was the union long-awaited, it came just about a month after Gardenhire underwent surgery to remove a cancerous prostate and stitch up a hernia back home in Minnesota.
|There's no doubt that the feel-good story so far of this Mets season is the comeback of Zack Wheeler from Tommy John surgery more than two years ago. The injuries and negative storylines of the first six weeks are too numerous to mention, but Wheeler isn't one of them.
More» Wheeler allows one run over six-plus frames|
|Accessing the opening of the season in the National League West, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the biggest surprise is the play of the archrival Giants, who were languishing in last place heading into Sunday's action.
More» Roberts on emergence of Bellinger in 13-5 win|
|Dave Roberts could have wound up managing the Padres. He was their bench coach almost two years ago when Bud Black was dismissed.
|Baseball people -- be they players, managers, coaches or executives -- are "inured" emotionally from changes, Rockies manager Harry "Bud" Black said upon his return to Petco Park on Tuesday.
More» Black returns to San Diego with the Rockies|
|Torey Lovullo has been on the job as manager of the D-backs for a Spring Training and the first three weeks of the season. "I'm learning every day and I want to continue to learn every day," he said.
|Matt Cain earned a stay of demotion on Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the D-backs at AT&T Park, but at this stage of his career, there's no doubt he's going from game to game.
More» Cain K's Pollock to end the top of the 2nd|
|The Giants placed Buster Posey on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday. Judging by recent history, the four-time National League All-Star catcher is the player San Francisco can ill afford to lose for a long period of time.
More» Posey exits after getting hit on helmet|
|It had been a decade since Barry Bonds was introduced to a sellout crowd at AT&T Park as an official member of the Giants, but that ended midway through the fifth inning of Monday's 4-1 win over the D-backs.
More» Bonds enjoys Giants' home opener at AT&T Park|
|Zack Greinke bested Trevor Bauer on Saturday night in a battle of the right-handers as the D-backs mashed the Indians, 11-2, at Chase Field. The next matchup for Greinke will be even better: Old buddy Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
More» Greinke fans six over 6 2/3 of one-run ball|
|A journey of a thousand pitches begins with one single pitch, and with a 7-3 victory over the Indians on Friday night at Chase Field, D-backs right-hander Shelby Miller began that arduous trek.
More» Miller strikes out Santana looking|
|Everybody has an interesting backstory and this is the one that belongs to D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
More» Goldschmidt cranks a solo homer to right|
|When the D-backs hit the road for the first time this season after their game against the Indians at Chase Field on Sunday, bench coach Ron Gardenhire will return to Minnesota to face a far more serious foe.
|The Giants pay Johnny Cueto a lot of money to pitch winning baseball games. And he does just that, winning for the 19th time Tuesday night since signing a six-year, $130 million free-agent contract prior to the 2016 season.
More» Cueto knocks in a run, reaches on error|
|The stunning Opening Day win on Sunday for new D-backs manager Torey Lovullo over the Giants was special on so many levels.
More» Lovullo discusses dramatic walk-off win|
|Tyler Anderson and Clayton Richard made their final spring starts for the Rockies and Padres, respectively, on Thursday with vastly different results as Colorado downed San Diego, 10-5, at Peoria Stadium to conclude the Padres' desert end of Spring Training.
More» Anderson smacks an RBI single to right field|
|The Padres left the desert making a flurry of moves, manager Andy Green said hours before the camp-closer against the Rockies at Peoria Stadium.
More» Cahill's seventh strikeout ends the 5th inning|
|It was a perfectly balmy evening Wednesday at Salt River Fields for the D-backs to stage their annual "Evening on the Diamond" fundraiser.
|Another new and exciting Major League Baseball season is upon us, but we'd be remiss in enjoying the Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years without revisiting one more time the game that got them here.
More»Maddon on his decisions in World Series Game 7|
|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»|