Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|It is not Ron Roenicke's fault that the Brewers went 9-22 in their last 31 games of this season. But when blamed is placed, the manager is often the first in line.
More» Roenicke on being eliminated from postseason|
|Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig said that he was made speechless by the honor. So you knew that this was truly an historic occasion. The Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday that they would retire uniform No. 1 in Selig's honor at a ceremony next season.
More» Selig joins Brewers broadcasters in the 3rd|
|For many people, the narrative of the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers' season is that, inevitably, the talent eventually carried the day. But general manager Ned Colletti has a view of his club that tends to focus more readily on the intangibles.
More»The guys discuss the Dodgers winning the NL West|
|What occurred Wednesday night was success for an extremely talented Los Angeles team being led by the best starting pitcher in baseball. The National League West-clinching victory over the Giants was sweet for Dodgers. But it was also a completely logical outcome with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
More» Kershaw triples, backhands comebacker|
|This is the kind of game that a baseball season can bring. It is one of the reasons why we keep watching. Two teams, the Giants and the Dodgers, both battling for postseason spots. Their rivalry added an edge to an already intense competition.
More» Puig gets plunked, benches empty in the 1st|
|Barring catastrophe, the Giants are still a postseason team. As such, they have plenty still at stake. So the Giants produced a truly determined effort Monday night against the archrival Dodgers.
More» Casilla induces inning-ending double play|
|It is true that the Braves have gone from first place to the margins of the National League Wild Card race due to a numbing offensive slump. But for the longer-term future of the Atlanta franchise, there will be the usual solace: A core of pitching strength that should be around for many seasons to come.
More» Teheran goes eight, allows no earned runs|
|Here's another rookie Major League manager who is not in the least overmatched by the task of managing a genuine big league contender. Matt Williams of the Washington Nationals fits that description
More» Williams delivers speech after Nats clinch|
|The Nationals are back on top. Two division titles in three seasons, in this time of parity, should not be scoffed at, diminished or in any way belittled.
More» Desmond smashes a two-run shot|
|The Atlanta Braves are going bigger than just a new stadium with SunTrust Park. They are undertaking a "ballpark village" concept, with their new park the centerpiece of a development that will include restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, office space, entertainment venues and residential areas.
More»Schuerholz discusses fan experience at SunTrust Park|
|The Washington Nationals are within one well-placed victory of a division title. Their triumph in this matter is, by all that is logical, a question of when, not if. The real question about the Nats' short-term future would seem to be whether they can finish with the National League's best record, thus qualifying for home-field advantage in two rounds of the postseason.
More» Desmond's strong throw gets the final out|
|At least most of the 45,205 in attendance got their Hank the Dog bobblehead. The doll became the consolation prize at Miller Park Saturday night. This may not have been the original intention, but it was the actual result.
More» 'Hank the Dog' joins the broadcast booth|
|This season has not been a time for celebration in Cincinnati. But upon reflection, there is reason to believe that this year can be safely regarded as an aberration, not a trend.
More» Corcino fans four in first career start|
|Giancarlo Stanton ought to win the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player Award. This thing you hear about, that he should get the MVP if the Miami Marlins qualify for the postseason, is a completely arbitrary distinction. That would be an obvious plus for Stanton's candidacy, but it shouldn't be a prerequisite for the award.
More» Stanton slaps homer, ties Marlins' record|
|In recent days, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has been issuing a call for his veteran players to step up, deliver, do something -- anything -- to lift the club out of its slump. That call has not been answered, returned or, for that matter, heeded.
More» Roenicke discusses pitching, loss to Marlins|
|Since 2011, the Cardinals have been the best September team in baseball. St. Louis has a 58-29 record in September over that period, following Sunday's 9-1 win over Milwaukee. If a team carried that pace over an entire season, it would go 108-54.
|One way or another, Lance Lynn wins. There was never a better example of both the improvement and the results than Saturday night at Miller Park in a pivotal game between Lynn's St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
More» Lynn tosses six frames, collects 15th win|
|At this point, Mike Fiers deserves a key to the City of Milwaukee. Or at the very least, a key to a brewery.
More» Fiers hurls 6 2/3 frames of two-run ball|
|The outcome of the Cardinals-Brewers contest Thursday night was, based on recent results, exactly what you would have expected.
More» Bourjos saves a run with a great catch|
|With uncertainty surrounding Anibal Sanchez's return from a strained right pectoral muscle, the Tigers were in serious need of another starter to give them a fighting chance at success in that rotation spot. Kyle Lobstein filled that role splendidly on Thursday.
More» Lobstein's parents take in his first start|