Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|With 10 postseason spots at stake, as we speak there are at least 18 Major League teams that can fairly consider themselves contenders.
|The Texas Rangers are in low-risk, high-reward mode with the signing of Carlos Gomez. Gomez was available because he had been released by the Astros. His performance for the Houston club was clearly sub-standard. Still, there are knowledgeable people around baseball shaking their heads over that performance; figuring that Gomez should have something substantial left in his career.
More» Gomez makes a catch and nabs Simmons|
|As the 2016 reaches the three-quarter mark, which teams have made the greatest strides since last year? We can answer that question based on a comparison of winning percentages from the final records for 2015 and the current standings.
More» Mookie mashes pair of home runs|
|Second base had been considered a defense-first operation for much of baseball history. Lots of relatively little guys, players with good gloves, double-play fearlessness and slap-hitting tendencies. Jose Altuve fits the little guy image, but both he and Daniel Murphy are defying any sort of light-hitting second base stereotypes.
More» Altuve records 1,000th career hit|
|There are better alternatives for the Miami Marlins than Alex Rodriguez. This is not a moral judgment. This is a baseball judgment.
More»Russo talks about Stanton, Marlins and NL Wild Card|
|Good news for the Blue Jays, the Indians, the Rangers, the Nationals, the Cubs, the Giants: Since the expanded postseason format was instituted in 1995, 81.7 percent of the teams that were leading their division on Aug. 15 went on to qualify for the postseason. On the other hand, there has been a lot more fluidity with the Wild Card berths.
More» Rizzo extends lead with second RBI single|
|A world Series championship for the Cubs can happen. It has happened, just not recently. But the current Cubs are probably better off ignoring the past and just playing baseball to the best of their considerable abilities.
More» Cubs win on walk-off walk|
|Baseball will miss Prince Fielder. Ask the Milwaukee Brewers; they've been missing him since 2011.
More»Fielder announces end of playing career|
|The time for the San Francisco Giants to stage a turnaround has definitely arrived. With a 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the Giants' record since the All-Star break is 6-15, the worst in the Major Leagues over that period.
More» Bumgarner scatters two hits, one run in start|
|People who tell you that victories are worthless as a measurement of Major League pitching success are not, themselves, Major League pitchers. This brings us to Stephen Strasburg, who is 15-2 for the Washington Nationals.
More» Strasburg strikes out eight Giants|
|If the season ended today -- although it never does when somebody uses that phrase -- the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals would play each other in the National League Division Series starting at Nationals Park.
More» Baker on Gonzalez's excellent start|
|It was a big day for the Milwaukee Brewers' long-term rebuilding project. For the devoted fan base of this franchise, the 2016 Trade Deadline was a day of mixed emotions.
More»Brewers net top talent at Trade Deadline|
|Any reasonable person in Jonathan Lucroy's position would have done exactly what he did, which was to decline a trade to the Cleveland Indians.
More»Lucroy, Stearns and Counsell on blocking trade|
|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.
More» Beltran launches a solo homer in the 8th|
|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?
More»MLB.com previews MLB's second half of the season|
|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|