Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Before this week, the Kansas City Royals could return to the World Series. Now they should return to the World Series. Before, they might win the title. Now, they'd better win the title.
More»Royals GM Moore discusses trading to acquire Zobrist|
|Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of MLB.com and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).
More»Top 25 players 25 and younger revealed|
|Could Craig Kimbrel, arguably the greatest active closer, be traded twice in four months? Well, it's complicated.
More» Kimbrel seals Padres' win with his 29th save|
|The 2015 Cooperstown class got its Hall call and stage time on Sunday. But on the field, on a daily basis in Major League Baseball, we're witnessing an incredible crop of 25-and-under talent that is bound to be beating down the Hall's door 20 years from now.
More» Trout blasts two homers vs. Rangers|
|If you want to get technical, Zack Greinke's scoreless-innings streak ended at the All-Star Game with a big crack off the bat of Mike Trout in the top of the first. But the Midsummer Classic counts for home-field advantage, not the season stat line. And with eight magnificent innings against the Nationals on Sunday, Greinke's stingy stretch rolled on.
More»Greinke's scoreless streak reaches 43 2/3 innings|
|His full name is Colbert Michael Hamels, and, honestly, the Colbert Report, of late, had not been especially flattering.
More» Hamels brilliant as he tosses no-hitter|
|Chris Sale looks the part. He relishes the part. He even acts the part. But it would be incorrect to call Sale the new Randy Johnson. After all, many of his numbers at this point in his career are even better than those of the Big Unit.
More»Anthony Castrovince joins the MLB Central crew|
|Major League Baseball's trade market might be the rare marketplace in which the cost of the rent has trended downward over the years.
More»Neyer talks Trade Deadline on High Heat|
|Eighty-one days separated the Major League debuts of Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. But the difference in our collective appreciation for what those two great men meant for the game -- and the nation -- is incalculable.
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|When a win over a last-place team to get to .500 qualifies as one of your better days in recent weeks, when the best hitter on your team (or any team) is on the shelf for another month, when your farm system is light and your payroll is full, when you've got two of the most attractive trade chips in the game nearing free agency, you do what the Tigers appear prepared to do.
More»The guys on MLB Tonight talk AL sellers|
|Baseball's ceremonial second half is upon us. Clarity is not. The standings, by and large, are a wonderfully muddled mess. So let's dig into things here at the midpoint and see what the second half might have in store.
More»Previewing the second half of the MLB season|
|For the first time in All-Star Game history, a player has won the MVP Award in back-to-back seasons. Mike Trout led off the game with a solo home run to right field and finished the evening 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
More» Trout receives second straight All-Star MVP|
|In baseball's first event driven by a timer, hometown hero Todd Frazier's first swing in his final-round bonus time on Monday night was a 410-foot drive over Great American Ball Park's left-field wall to beat Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson, 15-14, in a fittingly dramatic end to what will go down as a memorable Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.
More» Frazier earns Home Run Derby victory|
|Great American Ball Park joined the rest of this city in getting soaked by afternoon showers Monday, but Major League Baseball ensured the show would go on, albeit with a truncated version of the previously announced format to complete the event before more rain overtakes it.
More»Home Run Derby participants preview showcase event|
|Kyle Schwarber's name was a hot topic Sunday. Not just here at Great American Ball Park, where more than 100 friends and family members from his nearby hometown watched him win MVP honors at baseball's premier prospects showcase. But also a few hundred miles away at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs entered the All-Star break with a bit of a catching conundrum.
More» Schwarber discusses his MVP performance|
|The Indians liked Brad Zimmer. That's why they followed him closely at the University of San Francisco. That's why they drafted him 21st overall in last year's MLB Draft. That's why they gave him a $1.9 million signing bonus. You don't go through all that without expecting a guy to be pretty good.
More»Indians prospect Zimmer on playing in Futures Game|
|Cincinnati is known as the birthplace of professional baseball, the city where the 1869 Red Stockings fielded a 64-0 squad that didn't have to worry about being taken down by some wily Wild Card club. As such, the Queen City is still the kind of place where kids get out of school to attend the Opening Day parade, the kind of place where you'll spot many a Chris Sabo T-shirt years after he hung up his Rec Specs, the kind of place that should serve as a lovely setting for the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.
More»Castrovince joins MLB Central to talk All-Star Game|
|It might seem as if all of baseball's future is in the present, what with 11 of the top 15 guys from MLBPipeline.com's initial 2015 Top 100 Prospects list having already seen time in the big leagues this season. But not <i>every</i> intriguing young player has graduated to the next level, and the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will give us a good glimpse of the next wave.
More»Mayo breaks down the 2015 Futures Game rosters|
|The typical expectations of age don't seem to apply to Carlos Correa's family. His father, Carlos Sr., began working construction at the age of 13 and married Carlos' mother, Sandybel, when he was 16 and she was 14. Carlos Jr. was born two years later, and he began helping his father on job sites when he was just 8.
More» Correa lines a go-ahead RBI single in extras|
|The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote is underway to determine the last spot on the American League and National League rosters, and as usual, there are some very difficult choices on the ballots. Here are Anthony Castrovince's recommendations.
More»Kershaw needs Final Vote to return to All-Star Game|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|