Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|If we know anything about the All-Star rosters, it's that they are fungible properties basically up until the day of the Midsummer Classic itself. Things happen. Guys get hurt. Guys pitch on Sunday and pull themselves out of availability. Guys get stuck on a layover at O'Hare and can't make it to Cincinnati.
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|Royals manager Ned Yost, with the help of the player ballot, has plenty of spots to fill before Monday's announcement of the All-Star reserves. Here's one man's guess at how the rest of the AL roster will look.
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|Some people go to the ballpark to literally see fireworks, with weekend postgame extravaganzas often sparking up the promotional schedule. And yes, now that July is upon us, we're waiting on fireworks in the trade game, as discussed in this week's installment of "The Cycle."
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|The challenge for the Cubs is that the market is slow to develop in a season in which the Phillies and Brewers are the only clear sellers at the moment. But, as things crystallize in the coming days and weeks, here are the levels of action the Cubs can and should consider, with a representative option for each.
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|As we get ready to flip the calendar to July, pour one for those poor Pittsburgh Pirates. At 16-9, they posted the National League's second-best record in June, only to lose ground to the ridiculous St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race. An application for divisional relocation can't be far behind for Clint Hurdle's club.
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|Age is always relative. The same 35-year-old who is barely old enough to run for President in the political world might be viewed as a washed-up old geezer in the baseball world. So when we talk about some old dudes on the baseball scene in this week's edition of "The Cycle," nobody's suggesting they're too old to accomplish great things in the world at large.
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|You know him now as the greatest hitter of his time and place. A man who has won two American League MVP Awards and who also ended baseball's 45-year Triple Crown drought. A man on pace for a sort of Modern Triple Crown by leading the AL in each triple-slash category -- batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.456) and slugging percentage (.593). A man who deservedly took over first place at first base in the latest Esurance All-Star ballot update.
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|The 1995 Indians can still pack 'em in. On Saturday, though, the crowd gathered to see one of the great clubs in franchise history not at the ballpark formerly known as Jacobs Field, but a couple blocks away at the historic Connor Palace Theater at Playhouse Square, for a 20th anniversary alumni event that featured old friends, some fun video clips and, yes, stories about Albert Belle breaking things.
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|We appear to be in a golden age of ... low ages. Major League Baseball is being influenced by the 25-and-under crowd in a profound way, and a wave of prominent prospect promotions has only added to the equation.
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|A few veteran players are on a proper, realistic path to ultimately join Alex Rodriguez in the 3,000-hit club. The bad news is an enormous gap between players able to reach the milestone might be on the horizon.
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|This is the story of the 1995 Cleveland Indians.
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|Peter Guber has worn his Dodgers gear in the enemy territory that is AT&T Park and still received cheers. He might be co-owner of the Dodgers, but Giants fans forgive him because they recognize him as the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA's newly crowned champions.
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|All right, let's take a step back from this Royals-related hysteria and give an honest to look at the Esurance All-Star Game Ballot. Let's go through each position in each league and attempt to identify the most clearly deserving candidates for your clicks, based primarily on 2015 output.
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|We know for sure that the Cincinnati Reds are hosting this summer's All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park. What we don't yet know is whether the Reds will be represented in the National League's starting lineup.
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|You don't put the weight of a 25-man roster on one man's shoulders, but it's really, really hard to imagine the Mariners making a surge up those American League West standings without a productive Robinson Cano, and right now they don't have one.
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|It's more happy coincidence than anything else, but the symmetry is sweet all the same. Carlos Correa joins the Astros on the very same day that Major League clubs look to land the next great batch of prospects in the first round of the MLB Draft, and the game's youth movement pushes onward.
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|Just imagine the Astros adding Cole Hamels to what has already been one of the best stories in baseball this season. Here are five reasons this blockbuster barter can and should happen.
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|Brandon Crawford and Jhonny Peralta's offensive numbers this season are close. Like, really close. And appropriately, their 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot vote totals are close. Like, really close. So who is the National League's superior shortstop?
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|We haven't seen a Tigers team like this in a long while. It's not a bad team, it's not a fatally flawed team, it's not a frightened team, it's not an unmotivated team. But it is a vulnerable team.
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|MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred offered a new, timely and largely irrefutable addition to the great DH debate Tuesday. "Not having National League pitchers hit," Manfred told reporters at Comerica Park, "would deprive us of the entertainment that Bartolo Colon has given us this year."
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