Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|You knew we'd get here eventually. The public grief over Jose Fernandez's sudden, unimaginable death is still very real and still very raw. Personally, I still can't even look at that No. 16 jersey -- which has understandably been all over social media this week -- without getting choked up.
More»Baseball mourns the loss of Jose Fernandez|
|The plan Monday called for a shutdown start from Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to put an emphatic exclamation point on the Indians' first division title since 2007.
More» Kipnis, Allen on clinching game, mentality|
|Everything about Jose Fernandez radiated hope. Those brown eyes that had seen so much yet shined so bright. The electric arm that racked up strikeouts at a record rate. The contagious smile. The enthusiastic way he rooted for his teammates. The passion he had for his family, for his sport, for his adopted country.
More»Mature beyond years, Fernandez a shining star in MLB|
|Ten days left to grab one of 10 postseason spots. It's going to take TENaciousness and atTENtion to detail for a team to get through this TENder situation and meet its true poTENtial.
|It began, as so many great stories do, in a hotel bar, where an umpire found himself sitting two seats away from an iconic broadcaster on the eve of a Dodgers-Astros series. Bruce Froemming sidled over when the seat next to Vin Scully opened up. The two, by this point in the early 1980s, had known each other awhile, going back to Froemming's days as a Minor League ump invited to Dodger owner Walter O'Malley's St. Patrick's Day parties at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. But this was the night they truly became friends.
More»Umpires on the legacy of Vin Scully|
|His morning proctology examination was not the most uncomfortable part of Paul Hoynes' day, which tells you what kind of day Tuesday was.
More» Castrovince discusses Indians and Tigers|
|Sure, we're all caught up in the records -- the win-loss ledgers that are going to determine the October dance cards and seeding.
More»Castrovince discusses records that could fall in 2016|
|While any number of factors -- many of them unforeseen -- wind up deciding both the October field and its ultimate result, it is only natural that our first order of business in assessing the postseason picture is to hone in on the rotations.
More»Castrovince breaks down postseason rotation options|
|The stories of how Major League Baseball, its players and personnel, reacted to the tragedy of 9/11 drastically pale in comparison to the stories of brave firefighters climbing up the steps of the Twin Towers or emboldened passengers overpowering the hijackers on Flight 93. But they are stories that nonetheless speak to just how much the national pastime was impacted by national tragedy. We share some of them here.
More»Former players look back on September 11, 2001|
|Other than featuring a couple of MVP candidates, a few guys in the Cy Young discussion and the two teams at the forefront of a deep and dynamic chase for the American League East title, this weekend's Blue Jays-Red Sox series at Rogers Centre is a real dog. OK, that's called sarcasm, people.
More»MLB Central discusses Blue Jays with Buck Martinez|
|Injury returns are all the rage here in the season's waning weeks. Here's a rundown of 10 healing players who have the potential to impact the races.
More» Stanton picks up where he left off|
|For all the numbers of notoriety in the increasingly data-driven sport of baseball, the one still paramount in the 162-game schedule is winning percentage. But what happens when even that supreme stat can't decide things?
|Ah, the playoff race. It accelerates the heart rate. It unsettles the stomach. When done right, it is equal parts stimulating and nauseating. Agony and awesomeness are the time-tested side effects of September baseball. No two teams took the same path to get here, and there's no telling how some of these races shake out. But with this agonizing-yet-awesome month upon us, this is where things stand.
More»Castrovince on September schedules for contenders|
|On the day they lost a 13-inning thriller to the division-rival Cubs, the Pirates also placed staff ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Such adversity has been a staple of their season.
More» Nova gives up three hits over six innings|
|No team has more riding on the results of this late-season postseason pursuit than the Mariners, for theirs is not just a battle with the whims of the Wild Card but a bout with the game's longest ongoing October drought.
More» Cano registers his 30th homer of the season|
|Anthony Castrovince takes a look at interesting award-related storylines up for discussion as Major League Baseball enters its final month of the season.
More»Castrovince on dark horse candidates for MLB awards|
|The September surge is a rare and beautiful sight to behold, for all but the rosters and fan bases of the team that gets toppled. That's why we celebrate the comeback kids and the feint hope they provide for every club on the outside looking in when the calendar flips to that frantic final month.
More»The 2011 regular season ends with a flourish|
|Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Wednesday announced a joint commitment of $5 million for the support and creation of baseball development programs in Puerto Rico.
More»MLB supports community efforts in Puerto Rico|
|There is a saying among executives that there is no such thing as a bad one-year contract. But it goes without saying that some work out better than others. Let's examine the five best one-year deals from the offseason.
More» Napoli towers a three-run homer to center|
|It's time to check in on the division standings -- meaning, where the division races stand in relation to each other. We'll have plenty of time to sort through the migraine-inducing math that will accompany the Wild Card craziness. For now, here's a ranking of the six division races, in order of intrigue.
More»Castrovince ranks the division races|