Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Baseball's oldest player turns 43 today, and Bartolo Colon's career would be enthralling enough if sheer longevity were his only calling card. But of course, Big Bart -- or Big Sexy, if you prefer -- has given us so much more.
More»Bartolo's been around the block in 19-season career|
|Jay Bruce has handled a potentially awkward situation with class and professionalism, as the Reds were upfront with the outfielder throughout recent trade discussions because of their respect for the 29-year-old veteran.
More» Bruce goes yard twice against the Indians|
|Thank goodness Manny Machado's recent move from third base to shortstop in real life wasn't accompanied by a move from third base to short on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. The American League shortstop scene is complicated enough without Machado's involvement. You've got Carlos Correa, the defending AL Rookie of the Year. You've got Francisco Lindor, last year's rookie runner-up. As you might have expected going into the season, they are both logging serious All-Star cases, and any click for those two is entirely defensible.
More» Bogaerts drills a three-run homer in the 2nd|
|There are a lot of stories floating around about Ty Cobb that make the Hall of Famer seem like a monster. Turns out, the truth Charles Leerhsen helped uncover in his book, "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty," is changing old assumptions and painting a picture of Cobb that -- get this -- actually makes him appear to be a human being. A flawed human being.
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|When Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner took a detour from their route to Dodger Stadium on Saturday for some pick-up game participation, they not only surprised the kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Venice as part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball Weekend but also taught those kids a lesson about the game's picturesque portability.
More»MLB celebrates inaugural Play Ball Weekend|
|Stephen Strasburg's new seven-year, $175 million deal potentially impacts Matt Harvey in two different but distinct ways: his trade value and his (eventual) free-agent value.
More» Harvey deals 10 strikeouts in six innings|
|To mark the unlucky occasion of Friday the 13th, we've identified 13 individuals or entities who, for one reason or another, can claim bad luck without it sounding like a loser's lament.
More»MLB Plus on Park's long fly ball, Salty's homer|
|Sometimes clubs surge in spite of their stars and not because of them. Running down -- all the way down -- the list of league leaders in run production, there are some notable names with long track records who find themselves near the bottom of the barrel. And yet their clubs find themselves above .500.
|We're not even at the quarter-mark of the season yet, so we're still in that nebulous area of All-Star voting in which you want to celebrate hot starts while not forgetting a little thing known as track record.
More» Rizzo smacks two home runs|
|As we inch closer to the July 12 Midsummer Classic at Petco Park, these are the 10 most difficult decisions for a discerning voter at this stage of the season.
More» Correa tallies three hits, lays out for grab|
|So much baseball to watch, so little time to prepare for what you're watching. That's why we're here to help. It's your weekend cheat sheet.
More»Zimmermann makes a huge impression on his new team|
|Five starts into a five-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, Jordan Zimmermann has a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA. Because the number five is easily associated with Zimmermann as he prepares for his outing Friday night opposite Cole Hamels and the Rangers at Comerica Park, here are five things to know about his historic start to 2016.
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|The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the World Series since 1908, it's easy to draw a baseball parallel to Leicester ending its 132-year wait for glory.
More»Maddon and Arrieta discuss the Cubs' early success|
|The eventual AL West-champion Rangers were 7-14 last April, which tells you how much we should be paying attention to the standings right about now. But man, there's got to be something we can pay attention to, right? Well, how about a few team- and league-wide trends that have pleasantly caught us off-guard?
More» Velasquez strikes out six, allows no runs|
|We're almost out of April, the month of small samples and sometimes-dreary conditions. With Sunday comes the month of May, and maybe that's a good thing for a Twins reliever named Trevor.
More»Callis on Tigers calling up top prospect Fulmer|
|At this early juncture of the season, when the slightest of missteps can lead to the largest of statistical swings, it's not unusual to see more than 20 qualified starters in possession of an ERA north of 5.00. We just didn't expect to see the names of Adam Wainwright, David Price, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Chris Archer and Matt Harvey dotting that particular list. It says here that this can't possibly last, as evidenced most notably by Archer's resurgent start against the Orioles on Monday night.
More» Harvey fans five to pick up his first win|
|The season is young -- but not so young that we can't highlight players standing out in the crowd. With the release of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot, it's time to start paying attention to who might be worthy of inclusion in the July 12 Midsummer Classic at San Diego's Petco Park and let your clicks be heard. As a public service, we're going to look position by position in each league. We'll begin today with National League first basemen.
More» Rizzo smacks two home runs|
|Between repeat playings of "Purple Rain" and, perhaps, renewed appreciation for the presence of Prince Fielder, we'll have plenty of baseball to watch this weekend. Here's a cheat sheet to help you prepare.
More» Lester strikes out 10 over 7 1/3 innings|
|The statistics will tell you that the Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are great shortstops. Their actions tell us they are great people, too. Their teams aren't the only ones who will benefit from their talents.
More»Lindor to visit Indians community programs all season|
|Edgar Martinez will tell you he's not spending much time assessing his own Hall of Fame candidacy. The Mariners hitting coach is too consumed with trying to do what so many great players have attempted and precious few have succeeded at. To impart the innate, to teach your own talent is no easy task.
More»Edgar gained the love, respect of Emerald City fans|
|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»|