Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|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.
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|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.
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|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.
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|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|
|With "Derek Jeter Day" slated for Sunday at Yankee Stadium, let's get a few housekeeping items out of the way. Despite any speculation to the contrary, Jeter undoubtedly will play in the regular season's final three-game series Sept. 26-28 at Boston's Fenway Park regardless of whether the Yankees are still vying for a playoff spot.
More» Jeter receives an ovation in first at-bat|
|The playoff races in the American League are dwindling to the final three weeks of the season. At one end of the spectrum, the Royals control their own fate, leading the Central over Detroit. At the other end, the Yankees are watching their chances of attaining even the second Wild Card berth diminish with every loss.
More» Shields, Davis on 1-0 win over the Yankees|
|Trevor Hoffman was inducted into the Padres' Hall of Fame on Saturday, which was a nice honor for the National League's all-time leader with 601 saves. But this is just Hoffman's appetizer for 2016.
More»Trevor Hoffman on his induction into the Padres HOF|
|The Padres honored Greg Maddux on Friday night as San Diego manager Bud Black presented him with a plaque prior to the home game against the Dodgers. Maddux was the 10th player to at least play a portion of his career with the Padres now to have a plaque in the hallowed Hall led by the late Tony Gwynn, the only one in that group to play his entire 20-year career in San Diego.
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|MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom makes the case that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw deserves to be the eighth pitcher to win both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award.
More» Kershaw fans 10 to record his 16th win|
|Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy were teammates with the last-place D-backs before being acquired by the Yankees in July. The switch to pinstripes has rejuvenated both players.
More» McCarthy induces flyout to seal the shutout|
|Of all the hurdles Joe Torre had to overcome, no small part of it was his battle with what he calls "an aggressive form" of prostate cancer. Torre was diagnosed with the disease in 1999, during the zenith of his managerial tenure with the Yankees.
More» Yanks honor Torre, retire his No. 6|
|It's never too late to do the right thing, and nearly seven years after he officially wore the pinstripes as their manager for the last time, the Yankees are retiring Joe Torre's No. 6 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
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|It's not as if the Orioles needed a harsh lesson in life's perspective, manager Buck Showalter said on Monday, but they were given one anyway. With a makeup game at Nationals Park in the offing on Monday night, Showalter, his wife, Angela, and nine players visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. There they spent two hours visiting with wounded veterans, most of them having returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
More»Orioles visit Walter Reed Medical Center|