Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|As the Padres move forward this offseason, trying to greatly improve a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2006, new upper management has yet to progress on one major issue: extending manager Bud Black's contract as it heads into its final year.
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|The 16-member Golden Era Committee will have a chance to add to that legacy when it votes Monday on a ballot that includes nine players and one executive whose careers were prominent from 1947-72. Or perhaps it won't. The election is on Monday morning with a possible announcement scheduled for the first day of the Winter Meetings.
More»MLB Now breaks down the Golden Era HOF Ballot|
|After the sudden diagnosis of throat cancer earlier this year, Terry Ryan is back in full throttle, back at the annual General Managers Meetings where the long-time Twins' GM feels most at home -- doing his job.
|Jake Peavy has witnessed Bruce Bochy manage since he was a 20-year-old pitcher just emerging with the Padres. Bochy is in his 20th season managing, 12 with the Padres and eight in San Francisco.
More» Ishikawa sends Giants to WS with homer|
|Buster Posey is not officially the captain of the San Francisco Giants, but he might as well be. A two-time All-Star catcher, Posey is the core player on a team that has been to the National League Championship Series three times in his five-year career and won the World Series twice.
More» Giants on shutout win in NLCS Game 1|
|The Giants and Cardinals are back at it in the National League Championship Series for the fourth time since 1987, and memories of what happened just two scant years ago have to be fresh in the minds of Redbird fans everywhere.
More» Giants are headed to the World Series|
|It's been a long journey for Matt Kemp along the road from injury and recovery to helping his club win Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Saturday night against the Cardinals.
More» Kemp hammers go-ahead shot in the 8th|
|For those wondering why Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was left in to allow eight earned runs, six of them in the climactic seventh inning on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly provided the answer: It's simply hard to remove Kershaw from a start.
More» Mattingly on why he left Kershaw in game|
|Ichiro Suzuki just finished his 14th Major League season only 156 hits shy of the cherished 3,000-hit mark. Even though he wants to play baseball again next year, he's not sure what big league team is going to give him the opportunity.
More» Ichiro rips a two-run triple to right-center|
|The fans at Fenway Park were still chanting Derek Jeter's name throughout the ninth inning on Sunday, which tells you all you need to know. He was hours gone from his final game, and by and large they were Red Sox fans, but the love was universal.
More» Jeter reflects on his career after last game|
|To mangle a famous line penned eons ago by a music critic to describe young rocker Bruce Springsteen: I have seen the future of the Boston Red Sox and it is Yoenis Cespedes. The trade that rocked the baseball world and has had such a devastating effect on the A's offense is set to pay huge dividends for the Red Sox.
More» Cespedes picks up 100th RBI with single|
|The day after his chilling and engrossing finale at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter was spent. He was so spent that for the first time in his 20-year career Jeter wanted to sit and that he did in Friday night's opener of a season-closing three-game set against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. That had never happened with any manager, certainly not with Joe Torre, definitely not with Joe Girardi, until Friday night.
More» Red Sox fans honor Jeter, chant his name|
|With the curtain having fallen on Derek Jeter's career -- at least at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night -- there's not much dispute about where he stands on the list of all-time Yankee great position players: Pretty darned high.
More» Jeter takes home field for the final time|
|It's been a banner year for the Baltimore Orioles. After a 9-5 win at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Baltimore eliminated its rival from postseason contention -- certainly an inner source of pride for Orioles skipper Buck Showalter, whose managerial career began with four seasons in the Bronx (1992-95) before he was replaced by Joe Torre.
More» Showalter reacts to O's clinching AL East|
|As A.J. Preller has gone about the task of evaluating the Padres in his first months as general manger, he has defined one area that is not a problem: He is bullish about the job Bud Black is doing as manager.
More» Black earns his 600th win as Padres' skipper|
|It's becoming obvious that the Giants have to consider replacing veteran pitcher Tim Hudson in the starting rotation. Fortunately for San Francisco, Tim Lincecum offers a tried and true option, writes columnist Barry M. Bloom.
More» Lincecum fans eight Brewers over six frames|
|For Tony Gwynn Jr., there hasn't been much time to mourn. The baseball season has a pace and presence to it that demands staying in the present and not reflecting on the past. There are signs and stories and memories of his famous father everywhere. Gwynn Sr., the Hall of Fame right fielder and eternal Padre, passed away June 16 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland.
More» Gwynn Jr. on his dad, gets ovation at Petco|
|When the Giants' braintrust sat down in July to discuss the possible acquisition of Jake Peavy from the Red Sox, Bruce Bochy was asked about his previous experience managing the right-hander as a youngster when the two were together with the Padres. "They knew I was all in on it," Bochy said.
More» Peavy allows one run over 7 2/3 innings|
|It has been the tale of two very distinct seasons for the Giants -- with and without Angel Pagan in the lineup -- and that pattern held fast as San Francisco's hopes of winning the National League West continued to fade with a 6-2 loss after Pagan was scratched from the lineup because of a stiff back.
More» Pagan laces RBI hot shot to the right side|
|The ceremony honoring Derek Jeter on Sunday at Yankee Stadium marked not only the pending end of a career, but certainly the conclusion of another great Yankees era.
More» Posada, Mo on Jeter being last of Core Four|
|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»|