Barry M. Bloom, Sportico

Barry M. Bloom


Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Barry:

Minor Leagues Seek Distressed Oaktree Loans to Meet New MLB Terms

Each of the 160 MiLB teams in business last year averaged $5 million in revenue losses, and as much as $3 million in operating losses. → Read More

Former Phillies’ Pitcher Randy Lerch Tells All About His Addictions In New Book

Lerch is not exactly a household name. He pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies during one of their most prolific eras when they won the National League East four times from 1976-80 and the World Series for the first time ever in 1980. → Read More

Red Sox Should Reinstate Alex Cora Now That MLB Sign-Stealing Findings Are In

Cora was fired this year before the current campaign was irrevocably and endlessly delayed because of the coronavirus still rampaging across the U.S. He was replaced by Ron Roenicke, one of his coaches, and widely considered to be a placeholder. → Read More

Decision To Postpone Baseball Hall Of Fame Induction Will Be Made In Early May

It seems highly unlikely because of the continued growing contagion of the coronavirus that a large crowd could be drawn to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame weekend from July 24-27 when Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late labor leader Marvin Miller are slated to be inducted. → Read More

Coronavirus Cancellation Of Spring Training Will Have A Major Economic Impact On Arizona

The early cancellation of the Cactus League season by Major League Baseball could mean as much as a $100 million loss of economic impact on the Phoenix area, a local economist said Friday. → Read More

Buster Posey Trying To Reclaim Power In Rebound Season With San Francisco Giants

Coming off right hip surgery near the end of the 2018 season, the right-handed hitter had lost his power. Last year, he hit seven homers, drove in 38 runs, had an .688 OPS and 84 OPS-plus. The latter was most alarming considering the Major League average is 100. → Read More

Goalie To Goalie, Antti Raanta Watching From Afar As Henrik Lundqvist’s Career Winds Down In New York

Lundqvist has spent most of the past two months seated on the bench in a non-playing backup role, a first in his illustrious career as the top European-born goalie of all time before playing in a losing cause Sunday at Madison Square Garden. → Read More

Mike Fiers Has His Reputation On The Line For Oakland A’s This Season

Depending on who one listens to, Fiers is either the hero or the villain of the still swirling bomb cyclone surrounding his former team, the Houston Astros, regarding their electronic sign stealing during the 2017 World Series-winning season. → Read More

MLB’s Three-Batter Minimum Rule Aimed At Relief Pitchers Will Alter The Game

It’s a pace-of-game adjustment that’s been a long-time coming, what with eight-man bullpens and starters who can’t get through the sixth inning, turning the last few innings of a baseball game into the final sluggish clicks of a professional basketball game. → Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks Focusing On The Future At Chase Field, Club President Derrick Hall Says

The Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to focus on Chase Field as their place to play in the Phoenix area, certainly for the present and perhaps even for the long-term, club president Derrick Hall told Boomskie on Baseball in a wide-ranging interview Saturday. → Read More

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker Headline The Hall Class Of 2020

Jeter narrowly missed becoming the first position player ever to be elected unanimously, following Rivera, the greatest closer in history, who as was the first unanimous selection last year. → Read More

Stephen Strasburg Re-Signs With Washington Nationals, Anthony Rendon Next?

Despite the seven-year, $245 million contract signed by Strasburg, the Nationals have payroll flexibility to also ink free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon, said general manager Mike Rizzo and agent Scott Boras. → Read More

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

Union leader Marvin Miller and catcher Ted Simmons were elected Sunday by the 16-member Modern Era Committee and will be inducted along with any players voted in this month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America during the annual ceremony in Cooperstown, N. Y., next July 26. → Read More

Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez Among 10 On My 2020 Hall Of Fame Ballot

Of the 10 players named on my current ballot, six are under the cloud of performance-enhancing drug use during the course of their stellar Major League careers: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa and Gary Sheffield. → Read More

Tony La Russa Finds New Home As Special Advisor For Los Angeles Angels

La Russa, 75, is now a special advisor to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who is going into the final year of his five-year contract, and can use all the help he can get. → Read More

GM Jeff Luhnow Says Latest In Series Of Houston Astros Controversies Is ‘Disappointing’

A report said the Astros electronically stole signs during the 2017 season, this coming only weeks after the firing of assisntant GM Brandon Taubman for making insensitive comments toward women reporters in the team's clubhouse. → Read More

GM Brian Cashman Can Spend To Improve New York Yankees’ Starting Pitching

The New York Yankees are in the market to improve their front-line pitching and will actively try and sign elite free agent right-handed starters Stephen Strasburg and/or Gerrit Cole, general manager Cashman said Monday, despite again going over the salary tax threshold. → Read More

Tony Clark And MLB Union Clearly Not Happy With State Of Free Agency As GM Meetings Begin

The union has concerns about the slow pace of free agency the past two off-seasons and is investigating possible collusion among the 30 clubs as this year's market opens. → Read More

Steve Garvey Is The Epitome Of What The National Baseball Hall Of Fame Is All About

Garvey's one of 10 on the upcoming Modern Era committee ballot -- nine of them players. What he did for the sport tangibly and intangibly during his 19-year career for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres makes him a terrific candidate. → Read More

Manager A.J. Hinch Came Up Big Off The Field When Houston Astros Really Needed Him

As the rest of the club’s hierarchy scurried around to make sense of insensitive comments uttered by an assistant general manager toward some women reporters in the home clubhouse at Minute Maid Park Saturday night, Hinch was a voice of reason and eloquence. → Read More