Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Nationals manager Dusty Baker has made the adjustment to today's game of analytics and greater front-office involvement, of 13-man pitching staffs and extreme shifts, and of players being told to learn alien positions at the big league level. And right now his team is running away with the National League East.
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|There's no secret to Mike Rizzo's success, and thus the success of the Nationals, who are running away with the National League East as the baseball season heads toward Labor Day.
|Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sat behind the desk in his office at Citizens Bank Park long before Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Phillies and pored over some papers.
|The Orioles have been cutting and pasting their starting rotation all season, and now manager Buck Showalter is just going to have to make the best of it as they head toward the stretch run.
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|The job of managing the Red Sox is a beast of its own. No matter how well that man has done, it's very much a "what are you doing for me now" position. John Farrell certainly has been hearing all the moaning and groaning this season.
More» Farrell talks about 6-3 win over D-backs|
|There's only one Mariano Rivera, the Yankees closer who saved a record 652 regular-season games and 42 more in the postseason over the course of 19 seasons. But Dellin Betances has a chance to reach that level.
More» Betances fans Souza to save the Yankees' win|
|The day after seemingly his last Major League game, Alex Rodriguez's nameplate was still above his locker in the Yankees' clubhouse, although the team had given him his unconditional release as promised before Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Rays.
More» Yankees slug five home runs against the Rays|
|First, there was a tremendous thunderstorm Friday night that shed a torrent of rain on Yankee Stadium. The deluge gave way to a partial rainbow that stripped the dark, gray sky to the left and above the huge videoboard that hovers over center field.
More» Rodriguez, Girardi discuss A-Rod's final game|
|And so it has come down to this: Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Rays is the last game of Alex Rodriguez's baseball career.
More» A-Rod enjoys final game at Fenway with Yanks|
|When the Red Sox acquired Brad Ziegler from the D-backs on July 9, the Sox thought they had put together a formidable back end of the bullpen that also includes Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara.
More» Kimbrel whiffs Seager to end the 10th|
|Alex Rodriguez arrived at Fenway Park on Tuesday night thinking he would be in the Yankees' starting lineup as the designated hitter against the club's old nemesis, the Red Sox, in what turned out to be a 5-3 loss.
More» Red Sox faithful start A-Rod chant|
|The most emotional seven-day period in recent Yankees history ended on Sunday with the retirement of Alex Rodriguez, effective after Friday night's game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
More»A-Rod announces his retirement, future plans|
|The Indians' starting pitching certainly is not as porous as it has been for the past five games, and on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, right-hander Corey Kluber pushed the stop button and sent the Tribe spinning in the right direction.
More» Kluber strikes out eight over eight strong|
|It's been a wild and wacky week for Andrew Miller, beginning in a Yankees uniform and ending with his return to Yankee Stadium on Friday as a member of the Indians.
More»Miller on returning to Yankee Stadium as a visitor|
|Barry Bonds recently told a crowd of about 500 members of the SABR organization that he has so enjoyed his first year as the Miami Marlins' hitting coach that he'd love an encore.
More» Bonds talks about his work with the lineup|
|Yoenis Cespedes is out indefinitely with a strained right quad, and Mets manager Terry Collins is preparing to contend without the power-hitting Cuban outfielder for the time being.
More» Collins discusses win over Yankees, Colon|
|Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was brought up from the Minor Leagues on Wednesday and inserted into the starting lineup as the designated hitter against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. The move by manager Joe Girardi to play the right-handed Sanchez rather than Alex Rodriguez as the DH against Mets left-hander Steve Matz signaled a sharp turn for the Bronx Bombers toward the future.And that's a good thing.
More» Yankees' broadcast booth on Hal Steinbrenner|
|Jay Bruce arrived at Citi Field in fine form on Tuesday night. Wearing No. 19, he went 0-for-4 and started in right field during the Mets' 7-1 victory against the archrival Yankees that continues the next two nights at Yankee Stadium.
More» Bruce announced in first Mets' at-bat|
|The famous Steve Bartman play in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field often has been told from the Cubs point of view, but never really from that of the Marlins, who went on to beat the Yankees in the World Series.
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|With an eighth-inning single against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, Ichiro Suzuki crept three hits away from a place where only 29 Major Leaguers before him have gone: the 3,000-hit plateau.
More» Ichiro draws within three hits of 3,000|
|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»|