Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|It might be said that Scottsdale Stadium and the AFL have grown up together. Both had their roots in 1992 when the Cactus League was a just a sleepy little circuit. The Fall League was a gleam in the eye of Roland Hemond, the ageless baseball executive who sold the owners on the concept of having a U.S.-based alternative to Latin-American winter ball.
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|Hall of Fame ballots were mailed out Monday to eligible voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and Trevor Hoffman and Ken Griffey Jr. top the list of ballot newcomers and join the shortlist of hopefuls for the Class of 2016.
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|Under voting rules established this past summer by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the annual Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot was released Monday on the earliest date in recent history.
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|David Wright admitted Sunday that perhaps he returned a bit prematurely from the back injury that caused him to miss more than four months of the regular season. Now that he has persevered through that phase of it, he must sit down with doctors during the offseason and determine a routine that will keep him active and productive on a regular basis next season.
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|The disappointment of losing the World Series to the Royals will fade as the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, Mets captain David Wright said. Only then will the Mets realize what they accomplished.
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|The Mets have lived by the home run during this postseason, and they're about to die by it if they don't start generating more baserunners against the Royals.
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|David Wright's first World Series hasn't exactly gone as planned. On Monday's media day, Wright waxed eloquent about heading into the Fall Classic with the Mets for the first time in his 12-year career. He was thrilled.
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|The Mets had been planning for this all through September when they rested and spotted Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey, intending to have them ready to pitch if they made it to the World Series. For a myriad of reasons, it hasn't worked out, which became obvious Wednesday night when deGrom barely made it through the fifth inning in a 7-1 Game 2 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
More» deGrom on tough outing, Mets' Game 2 loss|
|He didn't extend his record home run streak in his first two at-bats on Tuesday, but Daniel Murphy did help the Mets even Game 1 of the World Series, which they lost in 14 innings, 5-4.
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|Upon his return, David Wright had a heart-to-heart talk with manager Terry Collins. "I didn't know how my back was going to respond to going out there and playing every day," Wright said Monday. "So I told Terry, 'If I struggle and am not hitting, get me out if there's a better option. I want to win.'"
More»Wright on team chemistry, forecasting Mets' success|
|No one knows what player is going to rise to the occasion, dominate the World Series, and win the coveted MVP trophy. It could be future Hall of Famers
More»Many of Mets and Royals' biggest names vital to WS|
|As Game 4 of the National League Championship Series wound down to its inevitable conclusion on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Mets manager Terry Collins began thinking about his late mother and father.
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|Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday night what everyone has known for months: his big right-hander Noah Syndergaard "is legit." As a starter or in relief, Syndergaard has had a major impact on the Mets this postseason, winning Game 2 of the National League Championship Series over the Cubs and Jake Arrieta at Citi Field, 4-1.
More» Syndergaard K's nine in impressive outing|
|After hitting what might have been the most important home run of his career during the sixth inning of Saturday night's 4-2 win over the Cubs, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud didn't even see it bounce off the big apple in dead-center field. The homer gave the Mets and Matt Harvey a 3-1 lead in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series and sent them on their way to a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
More» d'Arnaud hits 431-foot shot to center field|
|There's nothing like a deciding game in a playoff series and the Dodgers have a dandy coming up on Thursday night against the Mets with Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium (8 p.m. ET on TBS).
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|Just like Ruben Tejada, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has his own history with Chase Utley, writes Barry M. Bloom.
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|The Yankees made a conscious decision at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline to look toward the future and let the present play out the best way it could.
More»Girardi looks back on 2015 season and ahead to 2016|
|A day after the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs faster than any time in the club's decorated 112-year history, the task of improving the one-and-done club for 2016 and beyond began in earnest.
More» Girardi, A-Rod and Tanaka on loss in Wild Card|
|The tumult of 2014 notwithstanding, the Yankees decided to make a commitment to Alex Rodriguez this past offseason despite the fact he was coming off a season-long suspension and had undergone surgery on both hips.
|The Yankees won their 10,000th game on Thursday night, and fittingly enough, the victory clinched a postseason berth for the 52nd time since the franchise was established in 1903 and came against none other than the archrival Red Sox.
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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»|