Starlin Castro Newsbeat
Thursday, August 13, 2015
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.
Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 61 comment(s)
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.
Posted: August 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 54 comment(s)
Thursday, August 06, 2015
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.
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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