Posted August 17, 2013

Watch: Starlin Castro forgets how many outs there are, to Dale Sveum’s utter joy

Chicago Cubs, Starlin Castro

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has developed a bit of a reputation for being less than attentive during baseball games. Take, for example, the time he was caught by ESPN’s cameras during  a Sunday night game against St. Louis facing entirely the wrong direction as a pitch was being thrown. Or the time he failed to run after a groundball after diving at it, allowing two runs to score. Or the time he failed to turn a double play because he forgot how many outs there were, a move that Cubs manager Dale Sveum called “the last straw.” Well, that comment came a year ago, so it clearly wasn’t the last last straw. Saturday against the Cardinals, however, may finally be it for Castro and Sveum.

In the top of the fifth inning of the Cubs’ matinee, with the bases loaded for St. Louis and one out, Castro caught a fly ball in shallow left field off the bat of Matt Carpenter. The infield fly rule was called, but Castro, apparently believing that he’d just made the third out, simply held onto the ball and didn’t immediately throw it in. Jon Jay noticed, and the rest … well, you can see for yourself.

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For more, we go to Travis Wood’s “Come ON, Starlin” Face. Travis?

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Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Sveum yanked Castro from the game practically the moment the inning ended, replacing him at shortstop with Donnie Murphy. Whether there’ll be any other repercussions for Castro remains to be seen, but between his lackluster play and .244/.278/.345 line this season, you have to imagine that Chicago’s front office is rapidly growing tired of its 23-year-old shortstop.

20 comments
dtwin
dtwin

If the outfielder had called him off, as he should have, he would have had a better play and the runner wouldn't have even tried to score.  Yes, Starlin screwed up, but that was the outfielder's ball.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Castro's attitude aside, a play like the one above is what makes baseball so much fun. An alert baserunner, (and who knows if the Cardinals hadn't talked about Casto's play in the field) and a run scores when it shouldn't have been. Heads up play. Teams that do that win the most. And, of course, the Cubs NEVER win anything.

Edward1
Edward1

Pulling him after inning a stupid move by coach. Will make him not want to play hard for you in the end. Won't teach team sh/t except you'll show  them up to make yourself look like a hard guy. Kid's 23. Sitting him next game sends same message. 

BWS102
BWS102

after further review the cards player was out at home plate 

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

In 2013 you make concessions.  Don't like Castro's .244 or pedestrian run total (48) but he plays every day (120), consistent bat (499) and 15 miscues is fair-to-good at SS, especially with his range and terrific arm.  Castro's no headcase.  Might just need some veteran guidance.

On this particular play Starlin hustled to the grab, pre-mental block.  Yank was fine, Dale, now move on.  Cubs need all the help they can muster, that means Castro in the line-up. 

WestCoastSteve
WestCoastSteve

Where is Ernie Banks when you need him? It's a beautiful day. Let's play two. Except you, Starlin.

Richard B
Richard B

@Edward1 This message needs to be rewritten by someone with a high school diploma.

Big1
Big1

@Edward1 You're right... was a stupid move.. should have pulled him immediately so everyone in the stands could see it as humiliating.. as it should have been.


At some point, the kid has to grow up and take responsibility for his actions.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@DODGERFAIL2013 @KeysSteven You got it all backwards, or upside down, DF13.  Dodgers' "FAIL?"  They're red hot, and "average" on Cubs is about as good as it gets in 2013.  You don't follow much MLB, do ya?'  Who's the "idiot?"

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@cdj0321 @KeysSteven @Markus That's cute, "players and fans wouldn't tolerate?"  Yeah, like they "wouldn't tolerate" PEDs, either.  C'mon, Cards landed Pujols and the Yanks break-the-bank every year.  Luck & luxury.  We're talking real world, not fantasy.


cdj0321
cdj0321

@KeysSteven @Markus That's a Cub fan drinking the Kool Aid. He's young, average is good enough, they'll be in the playoffs soon. That's assuming other teams don't scout players, don't try to get better. The Yankees, the Cards - players and fans wouldn't tolerate any of this.