Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Some team is going to get a top-notch pitcher when it signs Zack Greinke. And the reporters who cover that team are going to get a lot of straight-ahead, dead-honest answers from Greinke. Greinke will be good for a team. He will be good for the media. What a wonderful combination.
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|The team that signs 26-year-old Jason Heyward in free agency will be getting a player who is entering what should be the prime of his career. That isn't often the case in free agency, but here, it is.
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|There has been a lot of whimpering in recent years about how much more difficult voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame has become. Hey, it's supposed to be a privilege. Nobody said it had to be a day at the beach. The problem is centered among the candidates who have numbers that would normally get them into the Hall, but also have clear connections with the use of performance-enhancing substances.
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|There has been some debate about how much David Price's postseason performances might diminish his value as a free agent. But a few substandard starts in October should not diminish the remarkable work that he has done and should continue to do.
More»Price gets off to nice start, unravels late in Game 2|
|There won't be a lot of managers, of course, who have Mike Matheny's qualities as a leader of men, as a man of belief, as a man of consistency and persistence. Matheny's virtues as a man and as a manager don't have anything directly to do with the fact that he had no previous managerial experience.
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|Imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery. This winter, the World Series champion Kansas City Royals are going to be consistently flattered.
More»Kimbrel and Dombrowski discuss trade with Padres|
|There are at least 25 Major League teams seeking pitching. And there is widespread prosperity within the game. Put those two facts together and it is a terrific time to be a free-agent pitcher
More»New manager, rotation help is on the Dodgers' radar|
|The Cardinals are one of the few organizations in the game that has demonstrated an ability to stare down adversity on a regular basis. But circumstances will make repeating a 100-victory season, and a 2.94 team ERA, even more difficult than usual.
More»Langosch on Lynn undergoing Tommy John, missing 2016|
|The Twins made a 13-game improvement in 2015. Widely picked to finish fifth in the AL Central, they finished second, and were in the hunt for an AL Wild Card berth into the final days of the season. But they aren't showing any signs of complacency. Instead they have taken the first offseason opportunity to improve themselves.
More»Twins win bid to negotiate with Byung Ho Park|
|With the Hot Stove generating plenty of late-autumn warmth, we offer a few words of advice -- unsolicited, but sincere -- to all 30 Major League Baseball general managers.
More»Price, Greinke highlight a strong free agent class|
|You could not beat the Kansas City Royals playing from behind. Their bullpen was too good. But in this postseason, you also could not beat them playing from ahead. They just kept coming back. The Royals won 11 games in the 2015 postseason. In eight of those games, they came from behind. And so, the Royals became the 2015 World Series champions because, basically, there was no way to consistently beat them.
More» Cain on walk vs. Harvey, team battling|
|Longtime NBA head coach George Karl popularized the adage that a postseason series did not start until the home team lost a game.
By that standard, the 2015 World Series began Saturday night.
More» Yost discusses the tenacity of his team|
|Friday night's loss wasn't good. It wasn't pretty. But it was also just one game. The Royals still lead the Series, 2-1. This is not a situation fraught with peril. It is merely a situation into which one crummy game came creeping.
More» Royals discuss 9-3 loss in WS Game 3|
|If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there may be a lot more people swinging at the first pitch next season. The Kansas City Royals are two victories away from winning the World Series. They are not playing "Moneyball." They are much closer to playing "Anti-Moneyball."
More» Yost discusses being up 2-0 in the WS|
|This was Johnny Cueto as advertised, as needed, as fervently hoped for by the Kansas City Royals. Cueto's short tenure with the Royals has been mercurial, up and down, erratic, if you like. But Wednesday night in Game 2 of the World Series against the New York Mets, he was the ace the Royals believed they had traded for before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Cueto on stellar start against the Mets|
|Last week, the New York Mets were playing the team of the future. Now, they are playing the team of the present. This part is going to be considerably tougher in the World Series vs. the Royals.
More» Royals discuss comeback win in Game 1|
|The 2014 Kansas City Royals won the American League pennant and lost the World Series. Then they became better. Guess what's next? "We've got unfinished business," third baseman Mike Moustakas said.
More» Yost explains Zobrist's overall impact|
|If the New York Mets continue to pitch like this, the National League pennant is not all they are going to win. Who can stop the parade of flamethrowers? Who can even hit them enough to make a difference?
More» Harvey on comeback from surgery, NLCS win|
|Another October night, another Mets pitcher the Cubs could not effectively hit. And now, the New Yorkers are one victory away from the World Series.
More»DeGrom dominates Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS|
|The autumn sun was shining brightly on Wrigley Field on Monday. The climate was gentle. Even the ivy on the outfield walls remained nearly all green, a slice of summer that politely refused to disappear.
More» Collins discusses his young pitching staff|