Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Starlin Castro Newsbeat

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Starlin Castro of Chicago Cubs shifts to second base

Did his agent help Castro?

“Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everybody.”

Kinzer wasn’t making any demands, just openly wondering where it has gone wrong for Castro. Maddon hopes he can find his groove again, but Addison Russell is the Cubs’ shortstop now and for the future.

“Addy looks like the guy everyone thought he would be,” Maddon said. “[Prospect Javier Baez] is still getting his way back here. And Starlin, we’re trying to get him back on his feet.”

Castro hadn’t played since Thursday. Utility man Jonathan Herrera had been used as a defensive replacement at second base while Russell became the fixture at shortstop.

“Four games [sitting] is tough,” Kinzer said Tuesday before Castro entered the game. “He’s used to being such a big part of everything.”

Castro is trying to take it all in stride as he struggles through the toughest time of his Cubs career. He is owed more than $40 million through 2019.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Castro hasn’t turned into the player many of us thought he’d be.

Castro earns his first mention on our website in Kevin Goldstein’s Top 11 Cubs’ Prospects:

“Perfect World Projection: Castro may be an above-average shortstop who doubles as a good second hitter in the lineup.”

Castro’s ascendency to the Cubs starting shortstop job occurred suddenly as he tore up the spring in 2010 and looked like he could challenge the weak incumbent, Ryan Theriot, for the job. Castro would have to wait as the Cubs elected to assign him to Double-A Tennessee where he slashed .355/.401/.509, but with the Cubs still trying to cling to faint playoff hopes on May 7th, he earned the call to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Speculation or not, Cubs’ Starlin Castro has no plans to seek ADD diagnosis

Gordon Wittenmeyer is not a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

It’s called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

“I know what it is,” Starlin Castro said.

That doesn’t mean the Cubs’ shortstop wants to know anything more than that about the subject.

Throughout Castro’s career, mental lapses, moments of lost focus and inexplicable errors on routine plays have raised speculation among fans, scouts and even some in his organization – including the clubhouse — that he has a form of the common disorder.

But he hasn’t been tested for it, and doesn’t want to be, he said, even if a diagnosis and treatment could raise his performance – even as a three-month slump has called the three-time All-Star’s playing time into question down the stretch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: add, adhd, cubs, starlin castro, stupid questions from reporters

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cubs Den: The Starlin Castro Dilemma

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.

Voodoo... Posted: June 14, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Starlin Castro wants to take charge of his problems - Chicago Tribune

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.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro



BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2015
(1377 - 12:09pm, Nov 30)
Last: aberg

(1290 - 12:07pm, Nov 30)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogDiamondbacks' offer to Johnny Cueto rejected |
(7 - 12:06pm, Nov 30)
Last: billyshears

NewsblogOT - November* 2015 College Football thread
(1230 - 12:03pm, Nov 30)
Last: Ithaca2323

Newsblog4 teams that could sign Jason Heyward |
(34 - 11:58am, Nov 30)
Last: alilisd

NewsblogChris Davis and the 'hometown discount' - Baltimore Sun
(33 - 11:53am, Nov 30)
Last: Benji Gil Gamesh Rises

NewsblogMLB to investigate Dodgers' Yasiel Puig for role in reported fight - LA Times
(67 - 11:52am, Nov 30)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogTigers, Zimmermann reportedly reach deal
(22 - 11:29am, Nov 30)
Last: Davo

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2015
(9 - 10:38am, Nov 30)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogCould former Rockies' slugger help Cleveland Indians offense? Hey, Hoynsie |
(10 - 10:34am, Nov 30)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogYoung: Reggie’s job is to sell N.Y. on Yankee Stadium - NY Daily News
(14 - 10:11am, Nov 30)
Last: There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie)

NewsblogWhy did Braves trade Andrelton Simmons? | Atlanta Braves blog
(47 - 10:10am, Nov 30)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogOT: Soccer in November 2015
(141 - 9:57am, Nov 30)
Last: Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun)

NewsblogBidding for David Price could reach 7 years, $210 million - The Boston Globe
(20 - 9:42am, Nov 30)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogNew York Mets prospects Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini bounced back in big ways in 2015 |
(9 - 9:24am, Nov 30)
Last: formerly dp

Page rendered in 0.4614 seconds
70 querie(s) executed