Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|The Dodgers open the Cactus League season this Saturday, and manager Dave Roberts has the weekend's starting pitching mapped out. Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw is slated to pitch an inning against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Saturday's opener. Rich Hill is scheduled to start Sunday, while Kenta Maeda will pitch Monday.
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|Adrian Gonzalez told MLB.com that his right elbow is now free of pain early Thursday morning before the team worked out on the backfields of Camelback Ranch. That assessment was corroborated shortly thereafter by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
|Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said the future looks bright for the organization. "We're going in the direction we planned to go, we just have to be patient.That's where we're focused and that's where we're going to stay," he said.
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|The Padres open Cactus League play Saturday against the Mariners. Manager Andy Green said on Wednesday that a little more than a month before the opening of the regular season in Los Angeles, only three players have secured spots in the lineup.
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|The Mensch on the Bench lives, and a full-size version of it is sitting in the passenger seat of Cody Decker's SUV. It traveled with him here from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., and will make the trip with Team Israel to Seoul, Korea, in early March for the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.
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|Giants right fielder Hunter Pence came to camp this year with two solid goals in mind -- winning the World Series again after a two-year drought and remaining healthy for the entire season.
More»Pence talks about how he continues to learn the game|
|Giants catcher Buster Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford are excited about being members of Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
More»Team USA releases roster for World Baseball Classic|
|After a season working in the Angels' front office, it's great to have Bud Black back in the day-to-day mix. Black is one of those rare erudite baseball people who knows the game inside out and can explain his managerial machinations with grace and intelligence.
More»Black discusses pitching at Coors Field|
|Although the revelation that anyone has cancer is never good news, D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire, who announced on Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, seems to be in fine stead.
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|China has as much baseball history as it does adapting to a semi-capitalist economy. The sport was basically banished by Mao Zedong after the Chinese Revolution of 1949, only to be revived 20 years ago in preparation for the inaugural 2006 Classic, as well as the Chinese hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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|Despite the absence of injured sensation Shohei Ohtani, two-time champion Japan is still a very dangerous team and a threat to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
More»Ohtani won't play in 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|Shohei Ohtani won't pitch for Japan next month in the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic, but there's still a chance that he could show off his incredible skills as a hitter.
More»Ohtani to skip 2017 World Baseball Classic|
|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.
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|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.
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|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|