Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Sometimes there are unintended consequences for the things you do. In the case of Melvin Upton Jr. there were 75.25 million of them.
More» Upton Jr. belts two homers, tallies five RBIs|
|Baseball lifer Pat Murphy has traveled quite a road, from Notre Dame to Arizona State to the bottom of the Padres organization before eventually rising to manager of the Major League club. He's found redemption in San Diego, but whether he's back next year or somewhere else, he doesn't know.
More»Murphy on his first few weeks as the interim manager|
|There may have been no better person for Mets third baseman David Wright to have talked to about his condition than Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, whose playing career as a first baseman with the Yankees was dramatically curtailed by a degenerative disc in his lower back.
More» Mattingly hits record-setting grand slam|
|All throughout the Dodgers' four-game series against the Reds, those reporters regularly covering the team have been kidding around with manager Don Mattingly, who won't designate Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke as the team's No. 1 starter.
More» Greinke tosses seven innings of one-run ball|
|The Dodgers are battling for another division title and Brandon McCarthy isn't where he's supposed to be -- right in the thick of it, starting every fifth day.
More» McCarthy fans six over six scoreless innings|
|Major League Baseball is a tight community, and when something serious happens to one of its members, the news travels quickly across the country. And so it was on Friday, when Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed during a media conference at Fenway Park that he has lymphoma.
More» Farrell discusses his lymphoma diagnosis|
|The Reds clubhouse had "turned into a circus" without veterans Scott Rolen and Bronson Arroyo around to control the players, former Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos said this spring after he was traded to the Marlins. Well, the circus has moved on to Dodger Stadium where on Thursday night the Reds crushed the Dodgers and Latos, 10-3. The victory gave the Reds at least a tad of satisfaction, during an otherwise lackluster 51-62 season.
More» Mattingly on Latos' outing in team's loss|
|One has to feel for Reds manager Bryan Price. A man waits his entire career to earn the job of his dreams and the two years he's been in it have been the most trying of his life. Losing can do that.
|When you accept the accolades, you have to take your lumps, and on Tuesday night general manager A.J. Preller sat in the home dugout at Petco Park before the Padres beat the Reds, 11-6, and took his lumps. Preller was the first-year GM who won the offseason. The regular season that followed hasn't turn out exactly how he and most Padres fans envisioned.
More»Padres hold on to Upton, Shields, Kimbrel at Deadline|
|Put this one under the column of something different happens almost every day in the game of baseball. The D-backs defeated the Reds, 4-3, in the 10th inning on Sunday at Chase Field, but the usual celebration was followed by a mass of confusion.
More» Owings singles to center for a walk-off win|
|Reds third baseman Todd Frazier found himself on the bench Sunday in lieu of Ivan De Jesus Jr. for the finale of a three-game series against the D-backs at Chase Field.
More» Hessler fans Frazier for first MLB strikeout|
|After trading for Shawn Kelley in December, the Padres needed to make room for him on their 40-man roster and put a fairly unknown pitching prospect named Keyvius Sampson on waivers. On Jan. 8, the Reds picked him up. On Saturday, he earned his first Major League win, 4-1, over the D-backs.
More» Sampson holds D-backs to one for first win|
|Reds manager Bryan Price was proud to be at Chase Field on Saturday night when the D-backs retired Randy Johnson's famous No. 51 in a pregame ceremony less than two weeks after the Big Unit was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
|Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has had a bad month, but he's hoping to snap out of it on this 10-game trip that also includes a three-game series in San Diego and a four-game set in Los Angeles.
More» Frazier's slow roller stays fair for single|
|The Reds lost, 2-0, in the opener vs. the D-backs at Chase Field, their second consecutive shutout loss, but Raisel Iglesias kept his club in the contest after allowing his only run in the first inning
More» Iglesias fans six, allows one run over six|
|There were glimpses of vintage CC Sabathia at certain moments of the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. And with the Yanks leading the Blue Jays by 4 1/2 games in the American League East, that glimpse hasn't come a moment too soon.
More» Sabathia gets Ortiz swinging in the 5th|
|Last year at this time, Derek Jeter was in the final months of a certain Hall of Fame career. But a year later, there are few signs of the Captain at Yankee Stadium, save for some photos and portraits.
More» Gregorius makes the stop, gets double play|
|The Yankees will only go as far as their starting pitching will take them. But for the second season in a row, the rotation right now for a team leading the American League East is unsettled.
More» Tanaka holds Red Sox to three over six-plus|
|Even though studies have been done that debunk the strategy, Mets manger Terry Collins said on Sunday night that the club hierarchy intends to restrict the innings of New York's top three young starting pitchers even if the Mets make the playoffs.
More» Syndergaard strikes out Harper to end frame|
|Yoenis Cespedes was the highest impact offensive player left on the market, and three minutes prior to the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline on Friday, the Mets acquired him from the Tigers.
More» Mets broadcasters discuss Cespedes deal|
|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»|