Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|What does run differential say about the 2016 season? The sample size is small, of course, but the simple answer to that question to date can be summed up in two words: The Cubs.
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|Jeff Passan has created a literary daily double. In Passan's book, "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports," the Yahoo! Sports baseball columnist has made what is essentially a medical topic readable. At the same time, he has done enough scholastic research to make this book credible.
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|The recent passing of former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas inevitably revived a review of what is the most memorable moment of his career -- his near-perfect game vs. the Padres on Sept. 2, 1972, at Wrigley Field.
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|Pitching and defense were fine for the Twins throughout Thursday's win over the Brewers. Their offense, which had been dwelling in the desert for the first nine games of the season, emerged fully later in the day, scoring five runs over the last three innings.
More» Rosario collects four hits in the Twins' win|
|The Twins didn't panic when they started the season 0-9. And they won't panic now. They could score more runs. That would be helpful. But they're not going to panic.
More» Arcia bruises 445-foot homer in Milwaukee|
|You have heard players, coaches, managers, front-office personnel all say something like this: "We have a good mix of veterans and young players." This just in: Everybody has that mix in varying degrees. The difference from club to club is whether the veterans and the young players are any good.
More» Tomas opens the scoring with a two-run shot|
|The visual imagery remains striking: All Major League Baseball uniformed personnel wearing No. 42, in tribute to Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of baseball's racial barrier being brought down.
More»Director and producer Ken Burns joins MLB Central|
|There are always arguments about which teams have the most devoted fans. So why not attempt a mathematical measurement of fan loyalty? What we have here is FDA. No, not the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is Fan Devotion Average.
More»Sox fans brave the elements for Opening Day|
|Tyler White had the greatest five-game start to a Major League career of any player in Houston Astros history. The fact this run of greatness did not extend to a sixth game should not be held against him.
More»Tyler White's red hot start to 2016|
|Rule 6.01 (j) needs some work. On Friday night, for the second time in a week, the new rule -- dubbed the "Chase Utley rule," in reference to his slide in last year's National League Division Series that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada -- was invoked and ended a game in controversy.
More» Game ends on reviewed double play|
|The future is bright for the Astros, that much is clear. With Carlos Gomez on the team, the future is bright and smiling. "And we're going to be fun," Gomez said.
More» Gomez gets first hit in Milwaukee as Astro|
|As first impressions of a season go, the Pittsburgh Pirates would seem to have closed the narrow space between themselves and the St. Louis Cardinals.
More» Cervelli discusses Nicasio and his success|
|The two best bullpens in the National League in 2015 went at it in the second game of the 2016 season Tuesday night. These bullpens, belonging to the Pirates and Cardinals, still looked like top-notch groups.
More» Mercer plates Polanco for a walk-off win|
|In the past week, the St. Louis Cardinals have had to send four players to the disabled list. It's another injury epidemic for the Redbirds, but they won't be giving in to doubt or self pity any time soon.
More» Pham exits, Holliday returns to left field|
|Temperature aside, this was an ideal way to open the season for Major League Baseball.
More» Liriano tosses the first pitch of 2016|
|Opening Day may be a symbol of baseball's annual rebirth. But it is also real. Great events, important events, memorable events, maybe even strange events, all occur on Opening Days.
More»The elite take the mound when curtains open for 2016|
|Exploring the 21 perfect games in the modern era, there are three types of pitchers who throw perfect games. There are great pitchers about whom you would say, "If anybody is going to throw a perfect game, it would be him." There are very good pitchers who you can imagine rising to the level of perfection for nine innings. And then there are pitchers who you could not expect to throw a perfect game.
More» Humber gets Ryan to seal perfect game|
|So your team has a really depressing record in the Cactus or Grapefruit league? Don't lose heart. Don't lose sleep, either. The correlation between exhibition and regular-season records is shaky at best. Sometimes, it is, in fact, inverted.
|This is the story of how Joe Maddon vanquished the forces of superstition and despair and made possible a new era of hope for the Cubs. It is the story of ignoring the goat and embracing optimism. Maybe it is also the story of the Cubs breaking a 108-year championship drought. But we don't know that yet.
More»Muskat, Maddon discuss Cubs' outlook in 2016|
|Jon Lester was healthy, effective and generally what the Cubs were looking for in a late-March Spring Training start. Against the Brewers on Friday at Sloan Park, Lester pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and one walk and striking out two.
More» Lester should be more consistent in 2016|