Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame usually exceeds expectations for the participants, and the events of this past weekend were no exception.
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|Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them.
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|If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell. They are words to live by and an apt inscription for his Hall of Fame plaque.
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|Joe Torre said on Saturday that his relationship with the Yankees right now is right where it's supposed to be.
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|Joe Torre will stand on the stage behind the Clark Sports Center, and after the inscription on his plaque is read by Commissioner Bud Selig, he'll stop for a moment to soak in the sea of fans on the meadow in front of him before moving to the podium. He'll then deliver a speech that has been months in the making.
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|Greg Maddux said he never thought much about his place in history or the Hall of Fame. But he'll enter Cooperstown on Sunday as a slam-dunk selection, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.
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|They are descending upon Cooperstown, N.Y., en masse from all points of the country next weekend to attend the induction of one of the most glamorous classes in the history of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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|Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game went better than anyone could have anticipated. After the game, both teammates and opposing players shared what they thought about playing with or against Jeter in his 14th and final All-Star Game.
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|Rod Carew wasn't selected to the American League All-Star team in his final season. That's why when Carew was asked to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night's 85th Midsummer Classic, the honor was that much more special.
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|The Derek Jeter fest began in earnest on Monday as all involved prepared for the Yankees captain's final All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Target Field (watch on FOX).
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|David Price said on Monday that he doesn't know where he'll be playing come July 31, the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but places such as New York, L.A. and Chicago came up during a media session leading up to the All-Star Game.
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|Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven and former manager Tom Kelly, opposing skippers in Sunday's Futures Game, serve as the perfect ambassadors for the Twins organization during All-Star Week.
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|Hunter Renfroe and Tayron Guerrero, both prospects in the Padres organization, couldn't believe their eyes on Sunday as they gawked at the multiple decks of Target Field before representing San Diego in the Sirius XM Futures Game.
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|With apologies to Dan Fouts, Junior Seau, Bill Walton and even Trevor Hoffman, San Diego has only one real icon, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn's imprint on the community went far beyond his .338 lifetime batting average, eight NL batting titles, 3,141 hits and a plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame that will be there as long as there is a museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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|With his mother, father, brother, girlfriend and a pair of other friends sitting in the Chase Field stands Sunday, Giants rookie second baseman Joe Panik had a first Major League start for the ages.
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|Tony Gwynn was sent "home" on Saturday during a poignant memorial service staged in the student union building on the campus of San Diego State, the university that provided neat bookends to the Hall of Famer's life.
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|The recent resurgence of Derek Jeter proves once again that no one should ever count out the nearly 40-year-old Yankees captain, writes columnist Barry M. Bloom.
More» Jeter goes 3-for-4 in last game in Seattle|
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn't come out and actually say it on Wednesday, but it's obvious he doesn't believe the Yankees, as currently constituted, can compete for their 28th World Series championship this season.
|Masahiro Tanaka continued his mastery of big league hitters on Friday night in a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, bringing his record to 11-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.99 in his first season pitching in the Major Leagues.
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|A day after the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the Padres icon was remembered fondly by Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday prior to the Yankees' opener against the Blue Jays.
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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»|