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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for since 2004.

  • 16 hours ago

    Top 25-and-unders: Historic list to be revealed

    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
  • July 26 12:35 PM ET

    All you need to know about Greinke's streak

    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
  • July 25 8:31 PM ET

    Hamels' no-no intriguing piece of trade puzzle

    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
  • July 25 1:28 PM ET

    Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

    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
  • July 24 10:00 AM ET

    Explaining the shift in rent-a-player market

    Detroit Tigers’ Yoenis Cespedes, right, is congratulated by J.D. Martinez after his three-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Minneapolis. J.D. Martinez had a solo home run shortly after in the inning. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)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
  • July 23 10:00 AM ET

    Statue another long-deserved tribute to Doby

    This is a March 12, 1952 photo of Cleveland Indians Larry Doby. (AP Photo/files)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. More» Larry Doby
  • July 21 10:31 AM ET

    Tigers should be sellers at Trade Deadline

    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
  • July 16 6:09 PM ET

    No shortage of intrigue in season's second half

    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
  • July 14 10:14 PM ET

    With two MVPs, Trout already an ASG legend

    CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after scoing off of American League All-Star Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers single to left field against National League All-Star Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)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
  • July 14 12:05 AM ET

    Frazier, new format the stars of the Derby

    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
  • July 13 8:09 PM ET

    Derby rules changed due to weather in Cincy

    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
  • July 12 7:59 PM ET

    Futures MVP Schwarber is talk of 2 towns

    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
  • July 12 5:05 PM ET

    Indians excited about potential of No. 3 prospect Zimmer

    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
  • July 10 6:47 PM ET

    ASG festivities bring plenty of excitement

    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
  • July 10 12:52 PM ET

    Which Futures Gamer will be an All-Star first?

    It might seem as if all of baseball's future is in the present, what with 11 of the top 15 guys from'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
  • July 08 10:00 AM ET

    Early success runs in Correa family

    Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) is congratuled by teammate Jose Altuve after hitting a double and advancing to score on a fielding error by New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)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
  • July 07 8:42 PM ET

    Final Vote: Why Kershaw, Dozier should win

    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
  • July 06 9:02 PM ET

    Potential All-Star replacements at the ready

    If we know anything about the All-Star rosters, it's that they are fungible properties basically up until the day of the Midsummer Classic itself. Things happen. Guys get hurt. Guys pitch on Sunday and pull themselves out of availability. Guys get stuck on a layover at O'Hare and can't make it to Cincinnati. More» Kazmir hurls eight scoreless frames in win
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

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

    By Anthony Castrovince/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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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