Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|By the time all the smoke cleared this offseason in the National League West, about $500 million in mostly long-term contracts had been spent on six pitchers, with the Dodgers offering another $100 million in incentives to the tender-elbowed Kenta Maeda over the course of his eight-year deal.
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|This offseason, after the Red Sox obtained Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees answered by adding Aroldis Chapman. And now, arguably, baseball's two top closers are in the American League East.
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|Randy Johnson visited the sprawling campus of Peoria High School, where 25 students from teacher Matthew Glover's advanced arts class honored him by painting a 16-foot-high mural of The Big Unit in the midst of his classic windup.
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|Every season is different, as Mets manager Terry Collins knows well. He just likes the feel of this one going into Spring Training a lot better than past seasons.
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|Mets pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in 31 days, and manager Terry Collins said he's already getting ready for it.
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|Of all the accolades offered to the scouts assembled on Saturday night for the 13th annual dinner hosted by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, some words from Joe Torre probably punctuated the profound effect the best of these men have had on the sport.
|The late super scout George Genovese helped sign 44 big league players, who hit 3,344 homers, in Genovese's long career for the Giants and Dodgers. Ten of his signees became All-Stars.
|The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Dinner is always one of the highlights of the offseason on the West Coast. And the Hall of Famers and stars will be out again in all their glory for the 13th annual affair on Saturday night, this year at the famous Beverly Hilton Hotel. With money raised at the event, the foundation is able to aid scouts, who have fallen on hard times.
|The decision of what team's cap to wear into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is sometimes met with some consternation. But not this year. Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first to go in as a Mariner, and Mike Piazza chose the Mets over the Dodgers, the two latest electees revealed on Thursday.
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|We won't know for sure until the National Baseball Hall of Fame results are announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET, but a recent voting policy change could have a drastic effect on this year's results.
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|The announcement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 will be made by Hall president Jeff Idelson today at 6 p.m. ET in a simulcast on MLB Network and MLB.com, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
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|Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday soon -- if not this year, his first on the ballot. Hoffman faces the age-old dilemma of how eligible voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America view relievers in general, and one-inning closers in particular.
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|Barry Bonds is back in Major League Baseball as hitting coach for the Marlins under new manager Don Mattingly. The all-time leader with 762 home runs played the final 15 years of his 22-year career for the Giants, ending in 2007.
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|The Yankees' ethos hasn't changed. The thing is, their method of going about it certainly has.
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|The late Graham McNamee, one of the radio voices of the 1923 World Series between the New York Giants and Yankees, is the 2016 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for a meritorious career in baseball broadcasting, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday morning.
|After a year's wait and in his second time on the ballot, long-time Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy was elected by his colleagues of the Baseball Writers' Association of America as the winner of the latest J.G. Taylor Spink Award for a meritorious career in baseball writing.
|On Monday, Don Hooton was at the Winter Meetings to announce that the Taylor Hooton Foundation advisory board now includes at least one active player from each of MLB's 30 teams.
|For the second consecutive year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Veterans' Committee did not elect any new plaque-bearing members and staged a media conference where there was nothing to announce. With yet another empty Veteran's Committee class, it appears time for that system of induction to be re-evaluated.
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|For the second consecutive year, a Veterans Committee for the National Baseball Hall of Fame did not elect any of the 10 candidates on its ballot.
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|As everyone knows well, it's the players the D-backs put into their new uniforms that will make all the difference. The fans will love them even more if the D-backs continue their 15-game turnaround from 98 loses in 2014 to this past season's 79-83 record.
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