Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
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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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|Summer's first real blush hit Yankee Stadium on Monday night with a game-time temperature of 86 degrees. But as June heads quickly toward July, the questions that plagued the Yankees' pitching staff this spring not only have yet to be fully answered, but were exacerbated by their 11-8 loss to the 25-47 Phillies.
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|It was a torrid week at the plate for Alex Rodriguez.
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|The day had already been emotional enough for Willie Randolph, and then Mel Stottlemyre was introduced during Old-Timers' Day festivities on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
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|Nearly four years ago, David Price was pitching for the Rays at Yankee Stadium when Derek Jeter became only the second player in history to crack a homer for his 3,000th hit. It was an amazing coincidence of time and place that the left-hander was in the house with the Tigers on Friday night when teammate Justin Verlander did the same thing during the first inning: give up a homer to Alex Rodriguez for his 3,000th hit.
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|Alex Rodriguez is sitting on 2,999 hits and next up is Justin Verlander and the Tigers on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. But whether A-Rod knocks out the big hit in the first inning, later in the game or the homestand, this is really a story about redemption, after all.
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|Ichiro Suzuki returned to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night wearing a Marlins uniform, well aware that he's the next active player on the all-time list, behind Alex Rodriguez, with a chance to reach the coveted 3,000-hit mark.
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|Matt Harvey, who has struggled in three of his last four starts, was in vintage form on Tuesday night. He allowed four hits, pitched out of three jams without giving up a run and finished his performance with a flourish, recording two of his six strikeouts to open the seventh inning. He didn't walk a batter.
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|It's not what a club does during a winning streak, but what it does after one, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons mused after Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.
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|Tony Gwynn Sr. died a year ago today and there still lingers a hole of sadness in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
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|Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Terry Collins of the Mets are managers under pressure to perform.
|The heat and humidity on Thursday night at Citi Field might be a reasonable explanation why Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum lost whatever may be left of his once vaunted velocity as he struggled to get through five innings against the Mets.
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|The Mets came into existence in 1962 and since then, the New York teams have only been in the same postseason three times: 1999, 2000 and 2006. The local clubs came home this week in first place in their respective divisions, a rarity for mid-June.
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|Rarely does a starting-pitching matchup live up to all the hype, but Tuesday night's duel between Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Max Scherzer of the Nationals at Yankees Stadium did every bit of that and more.
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|At 42, Colon looked more like a guy getting ready to play in a company softball game than one about to make his 448th start for his eighth team in 18 big-league seasons.
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|Mets manager Terry Collins was not in much of a good mood prior to Friday night's game against the D-backs at Chase Field. "Oh, I'm feeling great," Collins sarcastically told a full media audience settled into his office. "I've had a really nice day. Yeah, I'm having a great day!"
|If Thursday night's outing by young right-hander Matt Harvey is any indication of his physical condition, the Mets were absolutely right sitting him out for a full season post Tommy John surgery.
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