As a follow-up to the previous article that mentions Starlin Castro was benched today by Mike Quade, it turns out that it may be longer than one day.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Cubs give Castro a couple days off.” Is interim manager Mike Quade angry? According to Quade, he is not angry, he just wants to give Castro a chance to clear his head.
What has brought this on is the fact that, in yesterday’s final game against the Mets, Castro hit a ground ball that caused a force. He thought that was the third out, so he didn’t run the grounder out. As a result, he was tagged out when perhaps he could have been safe. This was so shocking that the manager of the Mets said he had never seen anything like that before.
Castro has made other mistakes. He has been slow when running out ground balls, and at times doesn’t seem to have his head in the game. Of course he loves to hit. We all loved to hit when we were kids.
A couple of games ago, Castro was going for a fly ball that Marlon Byrd was going for. The center fielder always has the call, so Byrd called him off. When a person is called off a fly ball, they are to duck and get out of the way. However, Castro just sort of stood there and, as a result, Byrd almost failed to make the catch.
As Quade said, however, it is hard to remember this young man is only 20 years old. He was the youngest kid to come into the Major Leagues at age 19. Furthermore, he never played at the minor league level. As a result, he has missed out on a lot of training.
Currently, because many minor league seasons are over, the Cubs have a lot of their minor league coaches on hand at Wrigley. Castro will have a chance to sit with them and observe the game so that he can see all of the different aspects of what it takes to play his position correctly.
I think he’ll be fine.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Cubs give Castro a couple days off”