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Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 5:03 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro can swing the bat. We know that. He's hitting .308 with 28 doubles, eight triples and seven home runs. He also has an NL-leading 164 hits. He made the All-Star team this season and he's only 21 years old. But he also has 21 errors and has a negative defensive value by every measurable metric out there. It's not all necessarily due to lack of focus, but Sunday night on ESPN, Castro was caught red-handed on national TV not even facing home plate when a pitch was thrown.

See the video below:



The incident set off ESPN's color commentator -- and former MLB manager -- Bobby Valentine into a near-10 minute lecture about how Castro needs to better pay attention and that the Cubs' staff didn't even notice.

And he was right.

“Did he screw up?” manager Mike Quade asked (Chicago Tribune). “I don’t know. I can’t watch everything. I certainly try to. I manage a ballgame.”

Probably not coincidentally, Castro is not in the lineup for the Cubs' Monday night game against the Braves. Quade did tell reporters Sunday night he planned on watching the footage.

While it's true that it's inexcusable for Castro to have his mind elsewhere while playing defense, the criticism from Valentine was a bit over the top. He even went after how Castro eats sunflower seeds and basically said he was a cancer to the team because he doesn't know how to play the major-league game. Castro's 21 years old and far from the biggest problem the Cubs have. Yes, he needs to pay attention, but what he did wasn't worth the dressing-down he received.

And let's not forget Valentine had expressed interest in the Cubs' managerial position last year. Now, with a new general manager coming aboard, it's likely Quade is let go and the Cubs bring in a new manager for next season. Thus, some of Valentine's complaints about how much coaching Castro needs came off -- at least to me -- as him campaigning for the job.

Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:57 am
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

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Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

Same old Cubs---Why should it be any different for Castro---It`s Club Med on the North side. As long as the stupid fans keep going ---why change. I`m surprised that beer vendors don`t come out when the Cubs are making a pitching change and serve cold beer to the players. Same old CUBS!!!!  It`s a joke!!!  Keep on going Cub fans and waste your money.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:51 am
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

I agree Castro has been the bright spot along with Aramis Ramirez on this team.  But Castro has made so many mental mistakes, even ones that were not called errors.  And with all those times on base, for being such a young kid and quick, where is all those stolen bases at?  He should  have at least 90 runs scored.  Some of that could be attributed by the Cubs failure to drive in runs. But a lot of it is because he is not alert and ready to run.  Quade has to take a lot of this heat too. This kid, if Hendry would have stayed long enough, would of surely been given a 10 year contract probably worth 20 million next year.  Which he, and any player in sports is not worth. Thanks to Hendry being gone. But this kid can produce if the coach would step him aside and give him some discipline.  Hope the Cubs clean house. Would sign Ramirez back for a lower salary. The ones they should keep would be:

Starting Pitchers:
Dempster
Garza
Wells
Marshall
Wood
Samardjiza

They would probably have to keep Marmol since they will be paying him so much being it is 7 million and 9 million the next two years.

Fielders:
Byrd
Barney
Johnson
Baker
Campana
DeWitt
Ramirez

Would have to keep Soriano unless the Cubs could get lucky but after all that they could just replace the rest of them with minor leaguers and free agents.  



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

Fantasywriter#1, what in the world are you talking about?  I am hoping that is sarcasm, although sarcasm doesn't translate well on the internet...  He needs a hair cut?  What the hell does his hair matter for?  Perhaps he should trim his nails better or take a more thorough shower too, jeez...



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

It's not surprising that Castro has an incredibly short attention span. Watch him at bat. After going through a ritual before stepping up to the plate he takes a pitch, then steps out and repeats the ritual including unfastening and then tightening his batting gloves.  I'm guessing the speed of the ball buzzing by him wasn't enough to loosen the gloves.  It's a mindless exercise by a kid with great eye/hand coordination who probably would not be a rocket scientist if baseball was not an option.  Put him in the field and he can really go on automatic pilot.  



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

I would definitely insist on a refund from whatever school agreed to graduate you. Talk about taking your eye off the ball...



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

Yeah, you'd best continue playing with yourself.



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Video: ESPN catches Castro not paying attention

You are the perfect justification for mandatory sterilization.


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