Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|It's the day after the induction ceremonies when the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame always experience a sense of satisfaction mixed with relief. The speeches are over, and so is the good-natured heckling from the men who gather every summer, most of them having long been members of the Hall.
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|Each having traveled a different path, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio have spent the last few days in Cooperstown just drinking up the experience. But there is a common thread.
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|Dick Enberg sat down at a table in the Petco Park media dining room the other day and didn't mince words. He never does, particularly in the sports broadcasting business.
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|The Braves of 1991-2005 won a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series. So it should come as no surprise that Atlanta's core players of that era have begun to dominate the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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|Tim Hudson struggled prior to the All-Star break, but primarily it was because his mother, Sue, 68, was home in Alabama suffering from acute liver disease.
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|With all due apologies to the Seattle Mariners, Randy Johnson is going into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks emblem on his plaque. He'll be the first D-backs player to do so.
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|In the era of the all-time great pitcher, three more will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during this year's ceremonies on July 26.
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|Jake Peavy and the defending World Series-champion Giants lost, 4-1, to Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Wednesday in a battle of attrition between an old-school veteran right-hander and one of the great young studs of New York's starting rotation.
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|Madison Bumgarner should be the starter for the National League against his American League counterparts next Tuesday in the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. It's as simple as that.
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|It's not easy filling out the roster of an All-Star team, Bruce Bochy said after the reserves and pitchers for his National League squad were announced Monday.
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|The second half of the season for the Dodgers began just about the way the regular season began -- with another starting pitcher placed on the disabled list.
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|Steven Matz, a 24-year-old left-hander, made his second career Major League start at Dodger Stadium and led the Mets to an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers. He's now 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA.
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|Matt Harvey at times has showed signs of struggle through his first year pitching after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. There is such a thing as Tommy John surgery fatigue and Harvey showed the vestiges of it on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
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|No one has to read too much between the lines. Mets captain and third baseman David Wright isn't going to return from stenosis in his lower spine anytime soon. Consequently, if the Mets are going to find any help for their beleaguered offense, ranked 29th in the Major Leagues, it's going to have to be from elsewhere.
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|When John Smoltz is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, he will be the first pitcher to go in having undergone ligament replacement surgery -- today almost universally known as Tommy John surgery -- at some point during his career. And he may very well be the last.
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|The big offseason trade that sent Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres has been turned upside down and analyzed from the San Diego end. But the Los Angeles has also been a big beneficiary of the Dec. 18 deal too.
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|Because SABR 45 is a convention that includes so many mathematicians, perhaps this is the most pertinent statistic akin to this summer's gathering: Since 1908, the two Chicago baseball teams have won the World Series twice. The White Sox did it in 1917 and 2005. The Cubs, not since the famous "Merkle's Boner" put them in position to defeat the Tigers for the 1908 World Series title.
|The temptation is to ask this question: Whatever happened to Sidd Finch? He never had Tommy John surgery, never won a game in the Major Leagues and never threw his supposed 168-mph fastball to a single big league hitter. The reason for all this is simple. Sidd Finch didn't exist.
|Larry Bowa has been dismissed twice in his career as a manager in San Diego and Philadelphia, and the one thing he does know is that too much heat for this lost season is being placed on manager Ryne Sandberg and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
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