Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|The only way to face cancer is head on, and for the second consecutive year, D-backs president Derrick Hall and senior advisor Luis Gonzalez accepted a challenge issued by the folks who run the cancer center affiliated with local St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. They grew their beards during the month of November as a statement to support early detection of cancer.
|Now that the Japan Series is over and the Nippon-Ham Fighters have won the championship, attention in Japan has turned to the possibility of the Fighters posting star pitcher Shohei Ohtani so the 22-year-old can sign with a Major League team.
More»Hot Stove breaks down Ohtani's potential in MLB|
|Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he informed slugger Yoenis Cespedes' agent that he'd like to have the matter of his re-signing resolved one way or another well before the end of the year.
More»Slugger opts out of contract, shown qualifying offer|
|Let's get this out of the way: During the past nine years, the D-backs have been represented by some very fine people -- Bob Melvin, Josh Byrnes, A.J. Hinch, Kirk Gibson, Jerry Dipoto, Kevin Towers, Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and Chip Hale. These are all quality baseball people. Now, Mike Hazen and Torey Lovullo -- the D-backs' new general manager and manager -- will get the chance.
More»Lovullo optimistic about 2017 season for D-backs|
|Barely five days after the Cubs defeated the Indians to win the World Series, the Hot Stove season has already begun.
More»Duquette looks at upcoming free-agent class|
|You are not imagining things: Pitchers are overpowering hitters this postseason in a way we've never seen before.
More»Miller has set a record with 29 K's this postseason|
|David Ross is the spiritual leader of the Cubs, and he could provide a lift if given the chance to start behind the plate rather than pinch-hit in the final games of his career.
More»MLB Tonight on Ross' final performance at Wrigley|
|It's not as if Chicago's coterie of young players -- Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo -- need any added incentive. But to a man on Monday, they said they'd love to send out David Ross with a World Series title.
More» Ross on support from fans, pennant|
|The calls of great moments in baseball history are often just as iconic as the moments themselves. And at the end of this World Series, there will be a huge opportunity for the play-by-play radio guys to make their marks.
More»Hughes tells the tale of the Cubs' historic 2016 run|
|Catcher Buster Posey and right fielder Hunter Pence are the X-factor for the Giants as they head into the postseason for the fourth time in the past seven years.
More» Pence, Posey on embracing Wild Card challenge|
|In the end, it's all about winning. And that's the inscription carved into Big Papi's legacy.
More»Papi swats clutch grand slam to tie ALCS Game 2|
|Judging John Gibbons' relaxed demeanor on Saturday, it might as well have been just another midseason series at Fenway Park for the Blue Jays. Instead, the season is coming down to critical mass with a playoff spot on the line.
More» Carrera plates lead run on sac fly in 9th|
|It's David Ortiz's final regular-season series of his career this weekend at Fenway Park, but Rick Porcello, the right-hander who started for the Red Sox on Friday night in a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays, is making his own pitch for attention.
More» Porcello fans Pillar, records 5th strikeout|
|New Yorkers said goodbye to David Ortiz on Thursday night, and they did it in style. Before and during Big Papi's last night playing in the Bronx, Yankees fans came through big time. From greetings on the streets of Manhattan to a nice ovation as he came off the field at Yankee Stadium for a pinch-runner after walking in the fourth inning of the 5-1 loss, Papi said he enjoyed every moment of it.
More» Yankees fans applaud Ortiz as he exits game|
|The long journey for Red Sox manager John Farrell from cancer recovery to another World Series championship is only partially complete, he said on Wednesday night as his club locked up the American League East title.
More» Farrell on Sox similarities to 2013 team|
|David Ortiz said that although he'd love to play again for his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March, such a scenario is unlikely.
More» Papi becomes oldest to reach 35 HR|
|Cody Decker is a career Minor Leaguer who finds joy in everything he does in life. A Jewish kid, who grew up Santa Monica, Calif., and still lives there, Decker found plenty of joy this week playing third base for the victorious Israelis in the Brooklyn World Baseball Classic qualifier.
More» Israeli team on moving on to pool play|
|Trevor Hoffman popped out of the Great Britain dugout on Thursday wearing his familiar No. 51, but set on a sea of navy blue donned by the British during this World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park.
More»Hoffman joins the show, talks World Baseball Classic|
|Paul Molitor is a member of an elite group, one of just 217 players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And he's still a member of a much smaller subset of that group: Hall of Famers who have managed a Major League team. There have been 63 of them, but most achieved this feat in the era before World War II.
|There's one spot remaining in next year's World Baseball Classic field of elite 16 nations, and it will be decided this weekend at MCU Park, the home of the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Coney Island with an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean.
More»Managers speak at World Baseball Classic Qualifier|