Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|The boos rained down upon Chase Utley, just as the forecasts had figured. And there were moments Monday night when Citi Field faithful's demands for a pound of flesh -- voiced in those rhythmic "We want Utley!" chants -- were about as loud and nearly as long as the public discourse over Utley's takeout tactics.
More» Harvey on crowd's energy, retaliation|
|Baseballs were flying out of ballparks all across the country on Monday, with eight teams combining for 21 home runs, the greatest total for any single day in postseason history.
More»Eight teams set single-day postseason home run record|
|Major League Baseball attempted to handle the discipline of Chase Utley with a two-game suspension for his so-called "slide" that broke Ruben Tejada's leg. Utley appealed, as is his right, and the appeal process will allow him to be available for Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Mets at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday on TBS.
More» Torre explains decision to suspend Utley|
|You can call it a "slide," if you really want to take liberties with the language. You can call it a "tackle," as Matt Harvey did. You can call it a "rolling block," as Joe Torre did. Whatever the wording, the bottom line is that Chase Utley quite literally went too far with his takeout of Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, and he deserves punishment.
More» Torre explains decision to suspend Utley|
|The question now is not whether Chase Utley's actions in Game 2 of the National League Division Series are going to inspire a heightened level of intensity from the New York nine in Game 3 on Monday night at Citi Field, but whether the Mets' emotions will work for them or against them.
More» Collins on Harvey facing Utley in Game 3|
|This is the age of exaggeration, a time when "Everything is Awesome" if you choose to believe it is, a time when facts can easily be conflated with myths in the immediacy of our social media consumption, a time when NBC has a TV program called "Best Show Ever."
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|The rules allow slides like the one executed by the Dodgers' Chase Utley in the pivotal seventh inning of L.A.'s 5-2 win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Mets. The rules also used to allow collisions at home plate, where the catcher wears protective gear from head to toe. And so the hunch here is that the broken leg Ruben Tejada suffered late Saturday night inspires a change to the rules covering the double-play pivot.
More» Utley's hard slide injures Tejada|
|The Division Series slate is jam-packed on this frantic Friday. To miss an inning because of a small inconvenience like employment or adult responsibility is an error -- and we all know how costly errors can become in October.
More»2015 Postseason action is on full display on Friday|
|In this American League Division Series matchup that begins at 7:30 ET tonight at Kauffman Stadium and on FS1, the only thing standing in the way of the Astros continuing their wild rise and ride is a Royals team looking to build off 2014's triumphs Here's a position-by-position breakdown.
More»Astros, Royals are set to clash in thrilling ALDS|
|In the Wild Card era, teams have collectively logged a .263/.331/.417 slash line and scored 4.64 runs per game in the regular season. In the postseason, it drops to .245/.318/.391 and an average of 4.19 runs per game. So when the stakes are raised, production is lowered.
More»Royals attempt to make another World Series run|
|Maybe the job has evolved considerably in a short time, but managers still matter in Major League Baseball. And as the postseason begins, it's worth exploring the path the 10 men guiding the October-bound took to get to this point.
More»Hinch discusses facing Tanaka, confidence in Keuchel|
|Postseason teams are a collage, a collection, a comprehensive story of many men and many moments. But that doesn't mean you can't identify a single face in the clubhouse crowd whose individual story represents the big picture. On this Fan Crush Monday, these are the guys we believe best epitomize each October entry.
More» Altuve cracks 20 mph hustling around bases|
|Let's get this American League postseason situation settled, shall we? Technically, we've still got the AL West on the line and four teams eligible for two Wild Card spots with four days to play.
More» Beltre crushes a two-run moonshot to left|
|Although his future for next season is uncertain, veteran Torii Hunter is enjoying his opportunity with the Twins this season, as he has helped Minnesota contend with his clubhouse presence and performance on the diamond.
More» Torii's bases-clearing double adds to lead|
|They were due to break through. This much is true. But mere patience alone is not enough to end a division drought the likes of which the Toronto Blue Jays had endured.
More»Blue Jays celebrate AL East division title|
|The real story of the Dodgers' 2015 season is not yet written. But at least now it has a proper prologue.
More» Dodgers clinch as Kershaw finishes shutout|
|Wrap your head around this: Zack Greinke has a 1.65 ERA that, if it holds, would be the sixth-lowest in Major League Baseball in a full season in the live ball era (since 1920). His 0.85 WHIP would be the fourth-lowest in that span. And Greinke might not win the National League Cy Young Award or the Esurance MLB Award for Best Starting Pitcher.
More» Arrieta one-hits Pirates over seven innings|
|The story of the 2015 Mets could fill many volumes -- and will, I'm sure, if they go all the way.
More» Mets win NL East for first time since 2006|
|Eight of the 10 active leaders in career games played without a postseason appearance are on teams either certain or very likely headed to October, as are a few pitchers whose waits have been particularly prolonged relative to their peers. For these players, the champagne would taste especially sweet.
More»Big names set to end postseason drought|
|If you had any doubts about the Royals' staying power, any belief that their October run of 2014 was a product of luck and timing -- and plenty of people did -- they spent all summer proving you wrong. And now, following Thursday's 10-4 win over the Mariners, they've got their first American League Central title, their first division title of any sort in 30 years, to show for it.
More»Royals capture first division title in 30 years|
|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»|