Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|Frank Robinson needs no introduction. The Hall of Famer is the personification of the legacy left by Jackie Robinson.
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|Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.
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|Two years ago, the now-retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter was the only Major Leaguer to sponsor a college scholarship via the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Times have changed for the better. Heading into Wednesday night's 68th anniversary of Robinson shattering the color barrier when he took the field at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, there are 18 current and retired players sponsoring either full scholarships for Jackie Robinson scholars or having made a sizable donation to the Foundation.
|Jake Peavy knows he's graced to still be playing after experimental surgery on his right shoulder nearly five years ago saved his career. Every time Peavy pitches he proves to be a medical miracle.
More»Peavy on decision to return to World Series champs|
|The Padres' leadership in 1984 had a similar ethos to the club's current management: Build a winner at just about any cost.
More» Garvey joins the Padres booth to discuss '84|
|The stakes are nowhere near as high as they were this past October. But in one of the early glamour pitching matchups of the still young 2015 regular season, Padres right-hander James Shields is scheduled face Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Saturday evening at Petco Park.
More»Bumgarner meets Shields in NL West matchup|
|The plan for the San Diego Padres' owners was to make the franchise relevant again, which may be happening right before our eyes.
More» Fans want A.J. Preller for president|
|Given his choice in the matter, Jake Peavy would rather start Sunday in San Diego instead of the Giants' home opener Monday against the Rockies. And there's good reason for that: He hasn't pitched there since the Padres traded him in 2009.
More» Peavy tosses five solid innings vs. Padres|
|It's not as if Bobby Evans needed more work to do. He has a full-time job with the Giants and with his wife is raising three young children. He's a devoted Christian and says that's what helps him find a balance between his professional and personal life. And suddenly he's the team's new general manager.
|Madison Bumgarner picked up just where he left off this past October and it didn't happen a moment too soon. With their starting rotation suddenly in shambles, the defending World Series champion Giants needed the left-hander more than ever Monday on Opening Night against the D-backs at Chase Field.
More» MadBum throws seven strong|
|The Giants open defense of their third World Series title in five seasons with their usual strong and dependable starting rotation seemingly in a tad of disarray.
More» Bochy discusses Lincecum, Spring Training|
|Perhaps the biggest eye-opener in a spring full of them for the Padres has been the play of third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
More» Middlebrooks hits an RBI line-drive single|
|Give Jake Peavy credit for constantly trying to adjust. At 33 years old and at this point in his career, the Giants right-hander's fastball isn't what it used to be. But whose is at an advanced baseball age? Just ask Justin Verlander and Tim Lincecum.
More» Peavy strikes out Rios looking in the 4th|
|The long-term future for Justin Upton is wide open. The Padres only hope that the future beyond this season will include them.
More» Upton hits a solo blast to center field|
|It's always something with Tim Lincecum, whether it's his mechanics or a stiff neck. Right now, he is standing at the precipice without much margin for anything else to happen.
More» Lincecum induces a double play in the 4th|
|Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong took a shot off the inside of his left shin during the first inning of Friday's start against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park and overcame the incident to record his best outing of the spring.
More» Vogelsong pitches 4 2/3 scoreless innings|
|The new Matt Kemp is a new Padre, and that makes him a happy man. After leaving the Dodgers in an offseason trade and recovering from several injuries, Kemp is in a good environment with a team that has a chance to make a run in 2015.
More» Kemp on Black, expectations for Padres|
|As one of the headliners on this year's ballot, legendary closer Trevor Hoffman is anticipating the writers' vote in humble fashion.
More» Hoffman on induction to Padres Hall of Fame|
|The Yankees didn't make the postseason in 2014, but Joe Girardi may have done his best work during the seven years he's managed a club that's expected to win the World Series every year.
More»Girardi talks pitching rotation, expectations|
|A.J. Hinch is hoping to make the best of his second act as a Major League manager with the Houston Astros.
More»Hinch on positives in loss, Oberholtzer on his outing|