Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Today is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
More»Bagwell, Bonds, Clemens among Morosi's votes|
|Although winning 300 games is not a must for a starter to make it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it certainly has been a benchmark. No longer. Thus the criteria to judge Hall-worthy starters must change.
More» Johnson on Hall of Fame induction ceremony|
|It is a week before the National Baseball Hall of Fame announces the remainder of its Class of 2017, and the way the ballots are tracking, it's possible that five players could get in. That would match the inaugural 1936 class for the most ever voted in by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in one year.
More»Costas joins High Heat to talk about the HOF vote|
|Trevor Hoffman is cautiously optimistic that his second time on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame is going to be the right time.
More»Hoffman discusses 2017 Hall of Fame vote|
|Aroldis Chapman is officially back in the Yankees' fold for the next five years, and even though the "No Run BMC" gang is not intact, Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances and the hard-throwing left-handed Cuban should make a formidable bullpen trio for the coming season.
More»Hoch discusses Chapman, Yankees reuniting|
|The recognition of Bill King and Claire Smith this week by the National Baseball Hall of Fame takes me back to the very beginning of my career in the 1970s.
More»Bill King named 2017 Ford C. Frick Award winner|
|Longtime Oakland Athletics broadcaster Bill King has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
More»Bill King named 2017 Ford C. Frick Award winner|
|For the first time in 2018, all eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who file ballots for the annual election of players to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will have their votes made public.
More»Top candidates for 2017 election to the Hall of Fame|
|The only way to face cancer is head on, and for the second consecutive year, D-backs president Derrick Hall and senior advisor Luis Gonzalez accepted a challenge issued by the folks who run the cancer center affiliated with local St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. They grew their beards during the month of November as a statement to support early detection of cancer.
|Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he informed slugger Yoenis Cespedes' agent that he'd like to have the matter of his re-signing resolved one way or another well before the end of the year.
More»Slugger opts out of contract, shown qualifying offer|
|Now that the Japan Series is over and the Nippon-Ham Fighters have won the championship, attention in Japan has turned to the possibility of the Fighters posting star pitcher Shohei Ohtani so the 22-year-old can sign with a Major League team.
More»Hot Stove breaks down Ohtani's potential in MLB|
|Let's get this out of the way: During the past nine years, the D-backs have been represented by some very fine people -- Bob Melvin, Josh Byrnes, A.J. Hinch, Kirk Gibson, Jerry Dipoto, Kevin Towers, Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and Chip Hale. These are all quality baseball people. Now, Mike Hazen and Torey Lovullo -- the D-backs' new general manager and manager -- will get the chance.
More»Lovullo optimistic about 2017 season for D-backs|
|Barely five days after the Cubs defeated the Indians to win the World Series, the Hot Stove season has already begun.
More»Duquette looks at upcoming free-agent class|
|You are not imagining things: Pitchers are overpowering hitters this postseason in a way we've never seen before.
More»Miller has set a record with 29 K's this postseason|
|David Ross is the spiritual leader of the Cubs, and he could provide a lift if given the chance to start behind the plate rather than pinch-hit in the final games of his career.
More»MLB Tonight on Ross' final performance at Wrigley|
|It's not as if Chicago's coterie of young players -- Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo -- need any added incentive. But to a man on Monday, they said they'd love to send out David Ross with a World Series title.
More» Ross on support from fans, pennant|
|The calls of great moments in baseball history are often just as iconic as the moments themselves. And at the end of this World Series, there will be a huge opportunity for the play-by-play radio guys to make their marks.
More»Hughes tells the tale of the Cubs' historic 2016 run|
|Catcher Buster Posey and right fielder Hunter Pence are the X-factor for the Giants as they head into the postseason for the fourth time in the past seven years.
More» Pence, Posey on embracing Wild Card challenge|
|In the end, it's all about winning. And that's the inscription carved into Big Papi's legacy.
More»Papi swats clutch grand slam to tie ALCS Game 2|
|Judging John Gibbons' relaxed demeanor on Saturday, it might as well have been just another midseason series at Fenway Park for the Blue Jays. Instead, the season is coming down to critical mass with a playoff spot on the line.
More» Carrera plates lead run on sac fly in 9th|
|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»|