Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Trevor Hoffman popped out of the Great Britain dugout on Thursday wearing his familiar No. 51, but set on a sea of navy blue donned by the British during this World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park.
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|Paul Molitor is a member of an elite group, one of just 217 players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And he's still a member of a much smaller subset of that group: Hall of Famers who have managed a Major League team. There have been 63 of them, but most achieved this feat in the era before World War II.
|There's one spot remaining in next year's World Baseball Classic field of elite 16 nations, and it will be decided this weekend at MCU Park, the home of the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Coney Island with an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean.
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|Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin is back at it as manager of Team Brazil. It's his second time around, and in November 2012, his team survived the World Baseball Classic qualifying bracket in Panama City, Panama, only to be eliminated six months later after losing all three 2013 WBC games in Pool A in Fukuoka, Japan.
More»Larkin on World Baseball Classic Brooklyn Qualifier|
|Whenever his final season ends, and David Ortiz hopes that won't be until the leaves turn in New England to hues of red and gold, the hope is that it will be punctuated with his fourth Red Sox World Series ring.
More» Papi passes Mantle with 537th career homer|
|For those who might have had any doubt in the matter, the Giants are a much better team with a fully ambulatory Hunter Pence in the lineup.
More» Pence plates two with a double to right|
|Giants right-hander Jake Peavy may be in a state of suspended animation awaiting how manager Bruce Bochy intends to use him during the final weeks of the season now that he's returned from a lower back strain.
More» Peavy strikes out Frazier to escape the jam|
|If Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion has his way, he'll remain with the club this offseason when he becomes a free agent rather than sign elsewhere.
More» Encarnacion launches a solo homer to left|
|Though Masahiro Tanaka doesn't nearly have the zip on the ball exhibited in the early part of his Major League career, he has remained injury-free and quietly putting together an outstanding season.
More» Tanaka fans Upton Jr. in the 6th|
|The Mets must go through at least the next two turns in the five-man rotation without right-hander Jacob deGrom and lefty Steven Matz, manager Terry Collins told MLB.com before Sunday night's clash against the National League East-leading Nationals at Citi Field. In the worst-case scenario, Collins is well aware that he may have seen the last of Matz and deGrom for the remainder of the regular season. Still, the Mets aren't quite there yet.
More» Collins discusses deGrom's sore forearm|
|Though the two are no longer on the same team, the mutual admiration between Nationals manager Dusty Baker and Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is neverending.
More» Bruce belts his 28th homer to right-center|
|Daniel Murphy returned again to Citi Field as a member of the Nationals on Friday night, and when he came to bat in the first inning, he received the greeting he expected from Mets fans: a lot of boos.
|These are the unintended consequences of the moves a team makes or doesn't make.
More»Walker discusses his decision to have back surgery|
|With injuries to fellow starters Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler and Jonathan Niese, plus the problems facing Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, it's hard to figure where the Mets would be without 43-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon.
More» Colon strikes out Scruggs, strands two|
|Don Mattingly's first season in Miami is coming down to crunch time, and the Marlins' manager is looking forward to it.
More» Mattingly says Marlins need winning mindset|
|This has been one of the toughest seasons for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, but in one area he's been pretty consistent. Prior to just about every game at Yankee Stadium, Girardi has supported a charity or non-profit organization whose charge is to help needy or sick people in the community.
|Orioles manager Buck Showalter is a hard-nosed, knowledgeable baseball man, and nobody knows that better than Dan Duquette, the club's executive vice president of baseball operations.
|Just when it looked like the Yankees had cashiered the season, many of their new acquisitions and younger players have kept them in contention for a playoff spot.
More» Sanchez shows off at plate, behind it|
|Nationals manager Dusty Baker has made the adjustment to today's game of analytics and greater front-office involvement, of 13-man pitching staffs and extreme shifts, and of players being told to learn alien positions at the big league level. And right now his team is running away with the National League East.
More» Baker talks about the 10-8 loss to Orioles|
|There's no secret to Mike Rizzo's success, and thus the success of the Nationals, who are running away with the National League East as the baseball season heads toward Labor Day.
|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»|