Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|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.
More» Greg Maddux is honored in San Diego|
|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.
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|Robinson Cano has been having his usual stellar season, batting .330 with eight homers and 62 RBIs. Meanwhile, the Yankees have been scrambling all season, trying to find a replacement for the six-time All-Star, and their collective second basemen are batting .239 with eight homers and 31 RBIs.
More» Cano connects on a three-run homer to right|
|The O's are in first place in the always tough American League East with a four-game lead over the Blue Jays and 52 games left to play. The front office built the roster focusing on this season, and they may not be done making moves to bolster the club.
More» Markakis puts Orioles ahead with solo homer|
|In his first appearance for the Orioles on Friday night after being traded from Boston, Andrew Miller ran in from the bullpen to a rousing ovation from the 39,487 fans at Camden Yards that was as much pleasing as it was perplexing, the left-hander said.
More» Miller strands runners in Orioles debut|
|Induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame usually exceeds expectations for the participants, and the events of this past weekend were no exception.
More»A look back at the 2014 Hall of Fame weekend|
|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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|Joe Torre said on Saturday that his relationship with the Yankees right now is right where it's supposed to be.
More»Torre on his induction to the 2014 Hall of Fame|
|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.
More»Torre thrilled to be in Cooperstown next weekend|
|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.
More»La Russa on Hall of Fame induction, managerial career|