Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|On Saturday, cancer survivor Sarah Stanford will be among 2,000 people participating in the D-backs' third annual Race Against Cancer, a 5K jaunt through the streets of downtown Phoenix that begins and ends just off the main gate of Chase Field.
|Brandon Morrow is slated to throw about a 45-pitch simulated game Thursday to test his sore right shoulder. If all goes well, he'll be sent out to pitch a rehab start in the Minor Leagues five days later. If that goes well, Morrow could be back in the rotation when the Padres travel to Cincinnati on June 5.
More» Morrow strikes out four in six frames|
|Matt Kemp has had one of those months so far for the Padres that he's better off forgetting. But sometimes -- as Crosby, Stills & Nash once sang -- the darkest hour is always, always just before the dawn.
More» Kemp clears the bases in the 10th|
|Padres manager Bud Black decided to intentionally walk the wondrous Mike Trout and load the bases with two out to pitch to the great Albert Pujols. It may come as no surprise that Pujols stroked a ground single to left field off Padres closer Craig Kimbrel to win the game, 4-3.
More» Pujols singles to give Halos a walk-off win|
|The Hall of Fame Classic is just a costume party for the big dance -- Induction Weekend, coming to this little town again this year on July 25-26. The game is a showcase for players who might have entered the "Hall of the Very Good," had there been one, as Alan Trammell discovered for the last 14 years as he's been shunned by the writers.
More»Franco at 2015 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown|
|This was more like the real Stephen Strasburg in his homecoming against the Padres on Sunday at Petco Park. Not the imposter, who has been pitching for the Nationals of late.
More» Strasburg strikes out seven to earn third win|
|The season is just about at the quarter-mile pole and a glaring anomaly thus far has been the underperformance of the starting rotations of both the Nationals and Padres.
More» Black on Padres' 4-1 loss to the Nationals|
|Steve McCatty is in his seventh season as Nationals pitching coach. A former starter for the A's, he's the curator of one of the top starting staffs in the big leagues. But McCatty's teeth were cut in a different baseball era and another century.
|Nationals pitcher Drew Storen knows a closer's success often goes unnoticed, while his failures are always well-documented, and that's just fine with him.
More» Storen fans Pacheco to record the save|
|The Padres have a major decision to make whether tomorrow, next week or at the end of the season, regarding the future of Bud Black, the veteran manager in the final year of his contract.
More» Black discusses Padres' big offensive output|
|Sometimes all it takes is a standout performance by one player to turn things around. And on Friday, that was Ian Kennedy, who held the Rockies scoreless just long enough for the Padres to generate some offense in a blowout win over the Rockies.
More» Kennedy fans six over six frames vs. Rockies|
|The long road for Danny Dorn from the First-Year Player Draft to the Major Leagues certainly wasn't paved with gold, but it wasn't as long as it has been for others.
More»Chip Hale on Danny Dorn's quest for his first hit|
|After 33 seasons as a Hall of Fame manager, Tony La Russa said this week that his nearly one full year as a club executive has been "eye-opening."
More»La Russa, Stewart, Baer speak at SABR conference|
|Frank Robinson needs no introduction. The Hall of Famer is the personification of the legacy left by Jackie Robinson.
More» Frank Robinson honored at Civil Rights Game|
|Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.
More» Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day|
|Two years ago, the now-retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter was the only Major Leaguer to sponsor a college scholarship via the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Times have changed for the better. Heading into Wednesday night's 68th anniversary of Robinson shattering the color barrier when he took the field at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, there are 18 current and retired players sponsoring either full scholarships for Jackie Robinson scholars or having made a sizable donation to the Foundation.
|Jake Peavy knows he's graced to still be playing after experimental surgery on his right shoulder nearly five years ago saved his career. Every time Peavy pitches he proves to be a medical miracle.
More»Peavy on decision to return to World Series champs|
|The Padres' leadership in 1984 had a similar ethos to the club's current management: Build a winner at just about any cost.
More» Garvey joins the Padres booth to discuss '84|
|The stakes are nowhere near as high as they were this past October. But in one of the early glamour pitching matchups of the still young 2015 regular season, Padres right-hander James Shields is scheduled face Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Saturday evening at Petco Park.
More»Bumgarner meets Shields in NL West matchup|
|The plan for the San Diego Padres' owners was to make the franchise relevant again, which may be happening right before our eyes.
More» Fans want A.J. Preller for president|
|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»|