Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Those hoping for the spectacle of a fire sale by the New York Yankees will have to take a deep breath and, at the very least, wait a while.
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|Right down to the end of his tenure as Twins executive vice president and general manager, Terry Ryan's loyalty was clearly in evidence. In a better world, he goes out on top. In this world, Ryan goes out respected and admired throughout baseball.
More»Justice on the Twins relieving GM Ryan of his duties|
|With Ichiro Suzuki only six hits away from 3,000, it is time to look at his Major League career on its own merits.
More» Ichiro gets three hits, gets closer to 3,000|
|What's next for a team that leaves the All-Star break with the best record in the league?
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|We need to drop the "Junior Circuit" terminology from contemporary baseball usage. Once again on Tuesday night, there was nothing particularly "junior" in yet another All-Star Game victory led by -- who else? -- those intrepid Kansas City Royals.
More» Hosmer, Perez homer in 2nd inning|
|The Royals come to the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, with a status that is terrific times two. They are All-Stars and they are defending World Series champions.
More» Hosmer on playing alongside normal foes|
|Brewers prospect Josh Hader's brief but impressive appearance in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in San Diego showed why a recent wave of scouts have praised the left-hander and suggested he is on his way to a substantial Major League career.
More» Hader strikes out Naylor to end the 8th|
|The Pittsburgh Pirates' remarkable organizational pitching depth was on display again Thursday. The Bucs did not win their eighth game in a row, but there was still plenty of room for optimism.
More» Glasnow strikes Diaz out for first career K|
|In their recent seasons of success, the St. Louis Cardinals routinely bounced back from adversity. This season, that bounce-back quality has been harder to produce.
More» Matheny discusses 7-5 loss to Pirates|
|The St. Louis Cardinals believe they will have the kind of second half they normally expect to have. That includes victory, success and qualification for the postseason, all of what is by now the usual Cardinal stuff.
More» Holliday plates Diaz with knock to center|
|In recent seasons, any game between the Cardinals and Pirates has been a big deal. Over the last three years, these were the teams with the two best regular-season records in baseball.
More» Polanco belts his second homer of the day|
|Here's to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants for old-schooling the designated hitter and letting a pitcher who can hit, hit. It paid off for the Giants in a victory over the Athletics in Oakland Thursday night.
More»MLB Tonight uses Statcast on Bumgarner's hitting|
|There is only one Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers have to hope that they will be operating with no Kershaw for the shortest possible period of time.
More» Roberts speaks on Kershaw heading to the DL|
|The Dodgers have won three straight National League West titles. A fourth would require some serious adjustments in their starting pitching situation.
More» Stewart notches first Major League strikeout|
|Julio Urias earned his first Major League victory Tuesday night. At age 19, he is well ahead of anybody's schedule.
More» Urias throws six strong in his first MLB win|
|What the Washington Nationals needed to snap their seven-game losing streak was simple: A very strong performance from their starting pitcher. The starting rotation is the fundamental strength of the Nationals. But it hadn't functioned at that level in losses at Miller Park Friday night and Saturday. Sunday, though, the Nats received the start that they wanted and needed.
More» Roark retires Nieuwenhuis to escape a jam|
|You look at a club with the proven ability of the Washington Nationals and you believe that their losing streak cannot possibly grow any longer. And then it does grow longer, as it did Saturday at Miller Park in a 6-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. As recently as June 17, the Nationals were 43-25, six games up in the NL East. Since then, the Nats have lost seven in a row.
More» Gonzalez gets Garza for his fifth strikeout|
|Yes, the Washington Nationals had lost five straight games, their longest losing streak of a season otherwise characterized by success. But that streak was nearly certain to stop Friday night when Max Scherzer took the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. You could not forget the last time he had pitched here, little more than one year ago. It was near-perfection, nobody reaching until the seventh inning when Carlos Gomez managed a little opposite-field flare that fell unattended. Scherzer didn't give up any more hits, and struck out 16.
More» Scherzer strikes out 10 over six frames|
|Ned Yost, manager of the defending World Series-champion Kansas City Royals and the American League in the upcoming All-Star Game, has lived the home-field advantage in the last two World Series.
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|It can be difficult to speak of a bargain free-agent pitching contract when the market is made up of nine-figure deals. But even with that disclaimer, the Detroit Tigers' deal with free agent starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, relative to the rest of the high-end pitching market, looks like time and money very well spent.
More» Zimmermann strikes out five over eight frames|