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

  • December 02 9:06 AM ET

    Rewriting history with new WS home-field rules

    The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will award home-field advantage in the World Series to the team with the better regular-season record. So how different would baseball history look had this been the procedure all along? More» Bill Mazeroski's World Series Walk-off
  • November 30 5:55 PM ET

    Five teams have pieces to land McCutchen

    Back in the Burgh's dark days, when the streak of losing seasons was nearing the legal drinking age and the Pirates were still something of a punchline, Andrew McCutchen signed on to stay. And with that 2012 stroke of the pen on a six-year extension that rated then and still rates today as team-friendly, the man they call Cutch confirmed his clout as the unquestioned face of the franchise, the superstar who stuck around and helped bring the Bucs back into the limelight. More»MLB Tonight on whether Pirates are shopping Cutch
  • November 29 7:06 PM ET

    Cespedes off the board, but sluggers remain

    TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 11: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated by Jose Bautista #19 after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on September 11, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Take another free agent slugger off the board, as Yoenis Cespedes has reportedly decided to return to the Mets. Don't fear, though, there's a handful of other sluggers available. More»Encarnacion cranks three home runs in the postseason
  • November 29 11:03 AM ET

    Changes on table as CBA deadline nears

    The stakes are high as the Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meetings take place in Dallas this week. More»Verducci talks about the potential of a 26-man roster
  • November 26 12:14 AM ET

    5 deals to address team needs

    In the spirit of Black Friday, here are five swaps we'd like to see based on team needs and fits. More»Bowman on the Braves possibly trading for Sale
  • November 20 8:00 PM ET

    Youth or dare: 9 young players on move?

    Here are some young guys -- all of whom will be south of 27 on Opening Day 2017 -- who qualify as trade possibilities. More»Castrovince on young talent that may be on the move
  • November 18 1:04 AM ET

    Value in youth: Trout, Bryant named MVPs

    Mike Trout and Kris Bryant were born 150 days apart and, relatively speaking, not that many days ago. Both of them played the 2016 season at age 24. But their inherent youngness hasn't stopped them from making history on the field of play and, on Thursday night, in the Baseball Writers' Association's Most Valuable Player awards unveiling. More»Trout and Bryant dazzle throughout 2016, win MVPs
  • November 17 3:53 PM ET

    Compelling candidates up for AL, NL MVP Awards

    They are venerable individual honors and, ergo, great sources of discussion and dispute. Nobody could argue against the value of winning one of the Most Valuable Player awards, which will be handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America at 6 p.m. ET tonight on MLB Network. More»2016 AL MVP Award finalists get announced
  • November 15 8:27 PM ET

    Francona, Roberts showed steady leadership

    Terry Francona and Dave Roberts both had seasons worthy of celebration, and the Baseball Writers' Association of America got it right in recognizing them Tuesday night with the American League and National League Manager of the Year Awards. More»Francona discusses managing the 2016 Indians
  • November 04 1:52 PM ET

    Love, loss and the Indians

    Rajai Davis hit that home run, and I thought about James. When amazing things start happening in the wake of such a loss, you start to wonder if somewhere there's a tiny hand wrapped around your world. More» Hamilton calls Davis' game-tying homer
  • November 03 3:39 AM ET

    Tribe should be remembered for more than end result

    They'll be footnote fodder now, represented as an odd obscurity in postgame media notes every time a team goes up 3-1 in the World Series. More» Francona discusses tough Game 7 loss
  • November 03 2:38 AM ET

    Tribe's 2016 fight, perseverance could bode well

    In the end, the Indians conjured up memories of their Gateway Plaza neighbors. Just not the memories they intended. More» Francona on emotional Game 7 loss
  • November 02 2:51 AM ET

    Tale of 2 extremes for city of Cleveland

    If the Tribe beats the Cubs in a Game 7, belabors the "Curse of the Billy Goat" while simultaneously ending the Indians franchise's own 68-year drought, that's some extreme stuff right there. If the Indians lose this ballgame, with their ace on the mound and their home crowd behind them, they will fall into such a black historical hole that they'll conjure up conversation about whether all that LeBron James-enabled mojo really did transform a city, or if, you know, a solitary basketball team just so happened to win one -- an outlier amid the agony. More» Indians fans react after WS Game 6 loss
  • November 01 7:44 PM ET

    Hirschbeck's legacy goes beyond balls, strikes

    The relationship that we witness between umpire and manager often involves confrontation. Before replay review, the two parties could argue just about anything. These days, skirmishes over balls and strikes suffice. But in this World Series, umpire John Hirschbeck and Indians manager Terry Francona feel genuine affection for one another off the field, especially as the umpire's long career winds down to its final innings. More»Hirschbeck discusses retiring after the World Series
  • November 01 12:01 AM ET

    Tribe's ride bittersweet for Brantley, Carrasco

    Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco remain supportive during the Indians' run. (AP/Getty)They have admirably made the most of the frustrating fact that this Indians team has put itself a win away from a World Series title without them. But for Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco, no matter what they say publicly (and Brantley, true to form, says very little), this postseason run has mixed the bitter with the sweet, and the agony of injury eats away at them. More»
  • October 31 2:46 AM ET

    Indians learn how it feels to be Miller'd

    On Sunday night at Wrigley Field, on a Game 5 stage that the Tribe hoped would spring them to a bubbly bath, the Indians couldn't get anything going against the Cubs' Aroldis Chapman, who notched an eight-out save. More» Chapman fans four in eight-out save
  • October 28 12:05 AM ET

    Callaway clicks quite well with Francona

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Mickey Callaway #44, manager Terry Francona #17 and Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate a win of the game against the Minnesota Twins on September 28, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 5-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Terry Francona came to Cleveland with the pedigree of having won two World Series in Boston, and had he imported his own hand-picked pitching coach when he took over as the manager of the Indians before the 2013 season, he would have been well within his right to do so. But the folks in the Indians' front office presented Mickey Callaway, who at the time was their Minor League pitching coordinator, as an option to consider. And to say Francona's eventual selection of Callaway has provided a productive pairing is an understatement. More» Callaway on Kluber setting the tone
  • October 27 12:26 AM ET

    Game 2 doesn't go according to plan for Tribe

    It was creeping across the radar, a big green blob threatening the big green field of play. The forecast was foreboding enough that the start time for Game 2 of the World Series was moved up an hour, and the looming rain turned out to be an ideal metaphor for the storm that was approaching an Indians team whose run to this Fall Classic was nearly -- and, evidently, unsustainably -- free of flops. More» Francona discusses losing Game 2 to Cubs
  • 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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