Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|One of the closer 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star ballot races in these final days of voting is at the shortstop spot in the National League, where, at last count, the Cubs' Addison Russell (1.49 million votes) and the Rockies' Trevor Story (1.11 million) were separated by just a few hundred thousand clicks.
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|The Mets already made their now-annual trade for Kelly Johnson, but surely they are going to do something of significance to augment their infield and their offense, right? Here are 10 options for the Mets.
More»Castrovince discusses Mets' options at third base|
|Next door was the aftermath, the fans snaked around Quicken Loans Arena waiting for their turn to plop down their hard-earned cash for a hard-earned T-shirt bearing the word "Champions." The bid to be the one who broke the so-called curse was a kind of unspoken and painfully slow-moving foot race taking place between this city's three major professional sports teams lo these many decades, and the Cavaliers won that race by winning the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
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|Father's Day is here, and there is an appreciation among retired-players-turned-active-fathers for the quality time that simply wasn't available to them in summers past, although the shift to being a full-time father is not always seamless.
More»Hawkins, Affeldt reflect on new family roles|
|There are always at least a handful snubs or surprises when it comes to the All-Star Ballot. Here are some players who I think were curiously low (or absent) in the latest voting updates.
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|Entertainment is not lacking when Dick Enberg is in the booth. And sadly, precious few innings remain with him in that role. This season -- his seventh with the Padres -- marks the end of Enberg's 60-year career as a full-time broadcaster, which has taken him to fields, courts and facilities all over the world.
More» Enberg on the origins of his 'oh my' call|
|Billy Bean, who is Major League Baseball's vice president of social responsibility and inclusion, was saddened by the shootings in Orlando, but determined to spread the message of inclusion.
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|As is always the case with the Draft, this was an engaging evening. And it all kicked off with Mickey Moniak. He became the shiny new piece of the Phillies' ongoing rebuilding effort, his name on the lips of fans and, potentially, on the rear of his pal.
More»Reynolds, O'Dowd and Mayo recap Day 1 of MLB Draft|
|Kyle Lewis ranked in the top 15 nationally in batting average (.395), home runs (20), RBIs (72), on-base percentage (.535), walks (66) and runs scored (70). He was just named Baseball America's Player of the Year. He will be a top pick in Thursday's first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, if not the top pick.
More»The guys break down the top 50 MLB Draft prospects|
|The MLB Draft, which begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET with live coverage on MLB Network and MLB.com, has come a long way from the grainy, hazy days in which a first-round pick could be so erroneously reported.
More»The MLB Tonight crew shares favorite Draft memories|
|On Friday morning, on the fresh-cut field in Burnet Park, where Major League Baseball kicked off its "Play Ball Summer" event, the city of Syracuse -- along with the local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program -- ceremonially reacquainted itself with the game.
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|Had the Rangers pushed it, had they followed the 12-month timetable that was once considered somewhat standard for those bearing fresh Tommy John surgical scars, then Yu Darvish would have been in their Opening Day plans, sure.
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|We have entered the month that signifies the start of summer, the month when the heat kicks on and the ball flies further and every team tries to avoid that dreaded "swoon" that satisfies in rhyme but not in reason. But we couldn't have gotten here without May. You were good to us, May. You rescued us from April's obscurities and anomalies and gave us a more mature understanding of what this 2016 season entails. You taught us many things.
More» Bumgarner blanks Cubs, plates game's only run|
|The premise for a small-budget baseball team with questionable offseason upgrades is that everything -- especially the big stuff -- has to go right. But for the Cleveland Indians, some of the big stuff has gone absolutely, positively wrong. And yet, here they are, half a game out of first place in the American League Central entering Memorial Day weekend.
More»Castrovince talks AL Central, Blue Jays and more|
|Rob Manfred became the first Major League Baseball Rob Manfred became the first Major League Baseball Commissioner to appear at the iconic "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, announcing details on Thursday for a multiyear Baseball Hall of Fame Tour that will come to hundreds of North American cities starting this summer, and will be known as "We Are Baseball."
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|As was the case late last week, the Mets are extending the leash on struggling starter Matt Harvey, letting him make his next scheduled start on time, following another eye-catching, ERA-raising night against the Nationals. But given their competitive state, the Mets can't reasonably let this situation linger much longer.
More»Sherman and MLB Central discuss Harvey, Mets|
|The collective consumption of the greatness of Nolan Arenado is probably not what it ought to be. So let this serve as a noble attempt to diminish that disconnect and get you to do the right thing with your 2016 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot.
More» Arenado belts his 14th homer of 2016|
|Baseball's oldest player turns 43 today, and Bartolo Colon's career would be enthralling enough if sheer longevity were his only calling card. But of course, Big Bart -- or Big Sexy, if you prefer -- has given us so much more.
More»Bartolo's been around the block in 19-season career|
|Jay Bruce has handled a potentially awkward situation with class and professionalism, as the Reds were upfront with the outfielder throughout recent trade discussions because of their respect for the 29-year-old veteran.
More» Bruce goes yard twice against the Indians|
|Thank goodness Manny Machado's recent move from third base to shortstop in real life wasn't accompanied by a move from third base to short on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. The American League shortstop scene is complicated enough without Machado's involvement. You've got Carlos Correa, the defending AL Rookie of the Year. You've got Francisco Lindor, last year's rookie runner-up. As you might have expected going into the season, they are both logging serious All-Star cases, and any click for those two is entirely defensible.
More» Bogaerts drills a three-run homer in the 2nd|