Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Once the face of the Padres, Chase Headley was sent to the Yankees for much smaller return than he once could have landed for the Friars. And while the Yankees hope his offensive levels return to its prior form, his glove will play at New York's hot corner.
More» Cashman, Girardi on trading for Headley|
|The .525 winning percentage the Blue Jays carried at the end of 2010, the year of Jose Bautista's 54-homer breakout, might be enough for a Wild Card spot, the way this strange 2014 season is unfolding. But at the time, it was good only for fourth place in the loaded American League East.
More» Bautista plates Reyes with a sac fly to right|
|Today is our Opening Day, Part Deux, our return to normalcy, and here's a list of some of the best things to look for in the second half of the season.
More»A look at what to expect in the NL in the second half|
|At least as we enter the second half of the 2014 season, we're making something vaguely resembling educated guesses.
More»Looking ahead to what the AL's second half will bring|
|Baseball's ceremonial second half will begin with 19 of 30 teams within just five games of a postseason spot. But when the discussion centers around the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline, the narrative that matters most is how this cluster of competitive clubs has made the swapping season increasingly tame.
More»Athletics acquire pitchers Samardzija, Hammel|
|The All-Star Game has always provided a gathering of greatness in the baseball world, but there was a time when it doubled as a collection of different uniform colors. Eye-catching, retina-burning, utterly-regrettable-yet-oddly-enjoyable colors.
|With a new format that should help participants remain fresh throughout the competition, fans should expect sluggers such as Giancarlo Stanton and Yoenis Cespedes to put on a show Monday night in the Home Run Derby.
More»Guillen, Kruk preview Home Run Derby|
|LeBron James is not breaking new Northeast Ohio ground. Cleveland's sports history -- and throughout all of baseball, really -- is littered with returns of prodigal sons who left either in swaps or on their own accord before finding their way home.
More»Lebron James throws out the ceremonial first pitch|
|The game in which Babe Ruth debuted for the Boston Red Sox is notable only for the seven mostly-effective innings Ruth pitched, and the strikeout he logged in his first big league at-bat.
More» No. 3, Babe Ruth|
|Big league general managers must decide soon, at a time when "contention" status has never been more nebulous, what is real and what is a mirage. Do you sell off your best assets by the none-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31? Or do you stand pat and let it ride in hope of a run, or do you add on and really go for it?
More»Duquette and Mayo on trade possibilities for Price|
|"Seinfeld" debuted 25 years ago this month and -- yada, yada, yada -- we still love it. Take a gander at the top 25 baseball-related moments on "Seinfeld" and you will see that this "show about nothing" sure spent a lot of time with the national pastime.
More»Seinfeld joins Costas to talk about Abbott & Costello|
|It's become increasingly clear, even in the wake of a 5-3 win here Monday night, that the Yankees are going to have to be active this month if they're going to get a satisfying end to Derek Jeter's October-rific career.
More» Jeter fakes out Kipnis|
|Now we know the All-Stars, which means we also know the snubs, which means it's time for fans to do some voting vigilantism, righting wrongs and fighting injustice and doing their part to properly legislate the Midsummer Classic makeup.
More»Sale on ballot for Final Vote|
|As usual, there were multiple names conspicuous in their absence from the rosters or the list of Final Vote candidates. We've compiled the best of the bunch here (and possibly even snubbed a few more guys along the way).
More» Seager belts solo homer in 9th|
|The Fourth of July and the national pastime pair perfectly. The Continental Congress, naturally, didn't know this when it adopted the Declaration of Independence in the heart of summer in 1776, but here's to happy coincidences.
More»Major League Baseball celebrates Independence Day|
|If the 2014 AL and NL lineups, which will be unveiled during Sunday's Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), were based 100 percent on in-season statistical merit, who would be the starters at each position?
More» Figgins, Puig want Gordon in All-Star Game|
|July 2. That's the day 16-year-old international players are first eligible to sign with Major League clubs, and it's become increasingly competitive at a time when spending pools are both capped and record-dependent.
More» Dermis Garcia, SS|
|If you're a fan or a citizen and you believe in something strongly, it's your duty to make your voice heard and your vote count. Now that in-stadium balloting has ended, that duty can only be fulfilled online or on mobile phones and tablets, and time is running out.
More»The time has arrived to vote for your 2014 All-Stars|
|Each contending team has holes to fill as it looks toward making a deep run in the postseason, including the A's and their need for a top starting pitcher and the Brewers and their lack of production off the bench.
More» Price discusses trade speculations|
|While replay might have changed the tone of the conversation in reviewable instances, ejections are actually up from last season.
More» Pierzynski ejected while behind the plate|
|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»|