Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Shohei Ohtani is the next heralded player from Japan. He's a 6-foot-4 right-hander with a 100-mph fastball and four other pitches. And at 21, he is so productive with the bat that his team utilizes him at DH in many of the the games he doesn't start on the mound.
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|By the time all the smoke cleared this offseason in the National League West, about $500 million in mostly long-term contracts had been spent on six pitchers, with the Dodgers offering another $100 million in incentives to the tender-elbowed Kenta Maeda over the course of his eight-year deal.
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|This offseason, after the Red Sox obtained Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees answered by adding Aroldis Chapman. And now, arguably, baseball's two top closers are in the American League East.
More» Kimbrel still one of game's top-tier closers|
|Randy Johnson visited the sprawling campus of Peoria High School, where 25 students from teacher Matthew Glover's advanced arts class honored him by painting a 16-foot-high mural of The Big Unit in the midst of his classic windup.
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|Every season is different, as Mets manager Terry Collins knows well. He just likes the feel of this one going into Spring Training a lot better than past seasons.
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|Mets pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in 31 days, and manager Terry Collins said he's already getting ready for it.
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|Of all the accolades offered to the scouts assembled on Saturday night for the 13th annual dinner hosted by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, some words from Joe Torre probably punctuated the profound effect the best of these men have had on the sport.
|The late super scout George Genovese helped sign 44 big league players, who hit 3,344 homers, in Genovese's long career for the Giants and Dodgers. Ten of his signees became All-Stars.
|The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Dinner is always one of the highlights of the offseason on the West Coast. And the Hall of Famers and stars will be out again in all their glory for the 13th annual affair on Saturday night, this year at the famous Beverly Hilton Hotel. With money raised at the event, the foundation is able to aid scouts, who have fallen on hard times.
|The decision of what team's cap to wear into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is sometimes met with some consternation. But not this year. Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first to go in as a Mariner, and Mike Piazza chose the Mets over the Dodgers, the two latest electees revealed on Thursday.
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|The announcement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 will be made by Hall president Jeff Idelson today at 6 p.m. ET in a simulcast on MLB Network and MLB.com, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
More»Take a look back at the 2016 Hall of Fame nominees|
|We won't know for sure until the National Baseball Hall of Fame results are announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET, but a recent voting policy change could have a drastic effect on this year's results.
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|Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday soon -- if not this year, his first on the ballot. Hoffman faces the age-old dilemma of how eligible voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America view relievers in general, and one-inning closers in particular.
More»Hoffman a candidate for Hall of Fame's Class of 2016|
|Barry Bonds is back in Major League Baseball as hitting coach for the Marlins under new manager Don Mattingly. The all-time leader with 762 home runs played the final 15 years of his 22-year career for the Giants, ending in 2007.
More»Mad Dog talks about Barry Bonds with Barry Bloom|
|The Yankees' ethos hasn't changed. The thing is, their method of going about it certainly has.
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|The late Graham McNamee, one of the radio voices of the 1923 World Series between the New York Giants and Yankees, is the 2016 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for a meritorious career in baseball broadcasting, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday morning.
|After a year's wait and in his second time on the ballot, long-time Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy was elected by his colleagues of the Baseball Writers' Association of America as the winner of the latest J.G. Taylor Spink Award for a meritorious career in baseball writing.
|On Monday, Don Hooton was at the Winter Meetings to announce that the Taylor Hooton Foundation advisory board now includes at least one active player from each of MLB's 30 teams.
|For the second consecutive year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Veterans' Committee did not elect any new plaque-bearing members and staged a media conference where there was nothing to announce. With yet another empty Veteran's Committee class, it appears time for that system of induction to be re-evaluated.
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|For the second consecutive year, a Veterans Committee for the National Baseball Hall of Fame did not elect any of the 10 candidates on its ballot.
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|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»|