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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.

  • June 23 10:00 AM ET

    10 active players who should have numbers retired

    With David Ortiz set to have his No. 34 retired on Friday night at Fenway Park, we take a look at 10 active players who might one day have their number called. More»David Ortiz Drive unveiling ceremony
  • June 20 1:10 AM ET

    D-backs-Rox series has fresh new look for '17

    Two of the great players of our time -- Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado -- are on the same field for the key three-game set between the D-backs and Rockies that begins Tuesday night at Coors Field. But the relative anonymity afforded these two consistently underrated stalwarts is, thankfully, dissipating here in 2017. More» Goldschmidt crushes a two-run homer in 1st
  • June 17 9:35 AM ET

    5 ALive: Junior Circuit clubs eyeing October

    The standings have their usual assortment of surprise squads -- the Brewers, Twins and Yankees contending ahead of schedule, the Rockies and D-backs pushing the Dodgers in the National League West and a good Rays team getting overlooked in the American League East. More» Ross gets the win in first start since 2016
  • June 09 11:44 AM ET

    With Trout out, Judge now AL MVP favorite

    We've lost our center (fielder), our stabilizing force. When Angels superstar Mike Trout tore a thumb ligament -- an injury likely to keep him out for two months -- he also tore the American League MVP Award race asunder. Trout was probably going to win it again. At worst, he would have finished second, but… no, no, let's be real. He was going to win it. More» Judge hits the second deck with a long homer
  • June 08 3:11 PM ET

    #TBT: An oral history of the 'Moneyball' Draft

    What happened in June 2002 is an illustration of just how fascinating MLB's Draft can be. What the '02 Draft is most remembered for is the way Billy Beane's A's, with a tight budget and seven first-round picks, applied their algorithms to what had previously been a scout-oriented endeavor, and used every single one of their first 17 picks on college players. More»Kazmir, Votto and McCann part of the 2002 Draft
  • June 07 10:00 AM ET

    Under-the-radar All-Stars? The players' picks

    We've gotten our first two Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates of 2017, and these results are an interesting window into what player performances are resonating with the average fan in advance of the July 11 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Miami's Marlins Park. More»#ASGWorthy players that aren't getting the votes
  • June 01 5:31 PM ET

    Skies are beginning to clear for Indians

    The Indians entered June with the highest rotation ERA (4.79) in the American League -- the kind of unexpected trend from a supposed strength that can sully a season or, at the least, earn an audible "Oh boy," one of Terry Francona's signature phrases. More» Watch Kluber fan 10 batters in 10 seconds
  • June 01 12:00 AM ET

    Castro: 10 years after tirade, skipper still at it

    Such is the oddly comic existence of the inadvertent social-media star, and Phillip Wellman has lived it for a decade now, the time flying by much like the rosin bag he so famously hurled at an umpire's feet. If you want that Wellman, he's just a Google search away. More»Wellman looks back on his 2007 tirade in Mississippi
  • May 30 12:30 PM ET

    Retaliate for celebrating? Come on

    Baseball players need to be able to demonstrate how much they enjoy playing baseball. More» Tempers flare between Nationals, Giants
  • May 26 12:00 AM ET

    10 things to know for Memorial Day weekend

    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 30: The American flag is displayed on the field during the national anthem to celebrate Memorial Day before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 30, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)There will be picnics and barbecues and beach visits and pool parties aplenty to mark the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day Weekend. And yes, of course, there will be baseball. And lots of it. Here are 10 things to know as MLB accompanies you on your long weekend. More»Memorial Day hits home for MLB players
  • May 19 12:00 AM ET

    Extras to become a relic? Players weigh in

    There have already been 12 games of more than 12 innings this season in Major League Baseball. (AP)It happened twice last week. The Yankees and Cubs played for 18 innings -- on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball," no less. The Giants and Reds followed that up five days later with their own 17-inning affair. Such a cluster of crazy-long games is fundamentally infrequent. But against the backdrop of an ongoing conversation about working conditions in Major League Baseball, the influx of unexpected innings added ammunition to the argument for a change to the game's longstanding format for extras. More»
  • May 16 12:00 AM ET

    Twins on rise with quality pitching, analytics

    First-place Minnesota Twins. How do we explain that phrase in the third week of May, as they return to Target Field on Tuesday to open up a three-game series against the equally surprising Rockies? More»Castrovince on Twins use of advanced reports
  • May 12 10:00 AM ET

    #ASGWorthy stars to match up this weekend

    With the weekend battles come some ballot battles. The Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot is packed with tough choices for those who don't just defer to their home nine, and some of the players behind those choices just so happen to be pitted against each other the next few days. More»Castro, Altuve top AL second base candidates for ASG
  • May 11 11:54 AM ET

    Astros-Yanks has makings of October preview

    The Astros shook things up at the 2010 Trade Deadline by shipping off Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt, initiating the painful-but-necessary rebuilding process that lasted three consecutive 100-loss seasons and four straight losing seasons overall. The Yankees shook things up at the 2016 Trade Deadline by shipping off Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, initiating the painful-but-necessary rebuilding process that lasted … um … two months? Maybe? More» Keuchel to pitch against Pineda in the Bronx
  • May 10 10:00 AM ET

    Suarez impressing with stellar start to season

    Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Cubs won 12-8. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Like pretty much everybody else, Eugenio Suarez doesn't know what to make of seeing his name among the Major League leaders in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) at this still early but not totally early stage of the 2017 season. More» Suarez hits a line-drive solo home run
  • May 10 10:00 AM ET

    Big ticket: Judge's impact goes beyond power numbers

    Second base umpire Bruce Dreckman (1) shares a laugh with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Judge hit two home runs in the game, including a three-run home run in the seventh inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Do you see now why the Yankees love Aaron Judge? The homers are fun, the puns are funny (well, some of them). But the dedication is what will allow this early season star to stick. More» Judge lines long RBI triple to deep center
  • May 08 12:00 AM ET

    Week Ahead: Many happy returns

    The week ahead will feature plenty of sights that are familiar and unfamiliar all at once. From players facing their former clubs for the first time to upstart contenders trying to prove their staying power, a typically packed slate of action has some atypical images in store for us. More» Encarnacion smashes a home run to left field
  • May 07 12:46 AM ET

    Machado vs. Harper a prelude to '18 drama

    They arrived easily. It wasn't especially difficult for the Nationals and Orioles to lose 103 and 98 games, respectively, in 2009, and it wasn't especially difficult for them to decide what to do with the prominent Draft picks that accompanied those unsatisfactory showings. More» Machado mashes 466-ft. shot over the Monster
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

    “You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay”

    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 discuss… uh… the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»
  • November 20 3:50 AM ET

    “Tell me how do we get this thing started?”

    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 Tribe’s offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»
  • October 03 5:48 AM ET

    A loss. And a win.

    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»
  • September 30 8:23 PM ET

    “You’ve got to walk it, talk it, in your heart”

    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»
  • September 29 9:58 PM ET

    “Surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes”

    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 couldn’t have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»
  • September 27 7:11 PM ET

    “One step closer to knowing”

    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, he’s a […] More»
  • September 26 1:50 PM ET

    Manager of the Year?

    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 Farrell’s name and being done with it. He’s […] More»
  • September 24 3:26 PM ET

    “Been waiting for tonight”

    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»
  • September 18 6:36 PM ET

    “We got one last chance to make it real”

    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. They’ve got a remaining schedule – four against Houston, two against […] More»
  • September 10 2:07 AM ET

    “Try and catch the wind”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, “There goes our starting catcher.” Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indians’ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what you’d expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»
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