Starlin Castro Newsbeat
Sunday, June 14, 2015
This article sums up my feelings on Starlin Castro quite nicely. To wit:
It would almost seem unfair. After five years of playing with trash and for nothing, to be jettisoned at the very first period of success. There is no room for sentimentality in sports, and especially with this era for the Cubs, of course. Sentimentality is partly why the Cubs ended up in the mess that they did.
I don’t want the Cubs to keep Starlin for the sake of it. I want Starlin to make himself kept.
Posted: June 14, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 35 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Castro, however, has an issue with his own lack of urgency that he claims has led to many of his six fielding errors in his past 11 games.
“The errors come when I stay back,” said Castro, who has committed 12 errors this season. “Simple as that. If I have time to attack the ball, I’ll never make an error. If I stay back, I’ll make an error because I really don’t move my feet. I stay back and ball travels more and has a chance to make a bad hop. If you attack the ball, I use my legs to make better throws, too. If you stay back, I have to get quicker. That’s why my arm goes down or up and that’s why.
Castro has been visibly emotional after committing several of his recent errors, and he said he wanted to release some tension after hitting his home run and taking nearly 30 seconds to complete his jog around the bases.
“It’s emotion,” Castro said. “But I don’t really do it to offend anybody. It’s been a long time (May 8) since I hit a home run. May was a tough month. We start June, and we hit a home run right away. It makes me more excited.’’
Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
s both teams move toward contention in the near future, Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer believes that the sides will eventually match up on a deal (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times).
“We haven’t made a deal yet, but there’s been matches that made sense, and I’m sure we’ll talk to them in the future,” said Hoyer, who has a relationship with Mets player-development executive Paul DePodesta going back to their time together in the Padres’ front office.
Cubs president Theo Epstein and Mets GM Sandy Alderson also have a good relationship.
“I guess when you factor in the hitting and the pitching, I guess people think it’s unusual,” Hoyer said of the fact the teams haven’t hooked up on a trade.
“But it’ll happen at some point.”
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Teamwork, Starlin Style…
Starlin Castro messed around with teammate Kris Bryant on a routine grounder in last night’s game. The shortstop pretended to field the ground ball behind Bryant, who actually fielded it. Aw, they’re in perfect harmony. Castro actually confused first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a second, there.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Castro has looked great this year.
Castro has always seemed to genuinely want to become a great all-around player, and tried to follow the leads of each new manager, infield coach and hitting coach that came through the Cubs turnstile during his career.
Maybe the communication is better with this manager and staff. Maybe the obvious influx of better talent and the real intention of trying to win again has made a difference.
Whatever it is, Castro said he does more daily work before games in the field than he ever has. And has taken a more aggressive approach and is serious about responding to Maddon’s challenge to several of his players to go after a Gold Glove.
“I don’t want to be no joke anymore,” Castro said. “I try to make every play aggressive. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter.
“It’s really awesome how they talk to us. [Maddon] says the most impressive thing for him is: ‘Next year you’re in front of home plate and they give you the Gold Glove.’ I’m working hard for that.”
Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 41 comment(s)
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