9/7 Doing it Q's way
Cubs manager Mike Quade made the decision to bench Starlin Castro after the rookie made a couple mental mistakes. Would he do the same thing to a veteran player?
“Everything is different,” Quade said Tuesday. “You may challenge a veteran more. There’s no question you handle veterans versus young players in different ways. Arguably, some of the lapses of concentration that ‘Cassie’ has had, they just have youth written all over it. You discipline your 6-year-old different than you discipline your 17-year-old. It’s case by case. I think discipline and watching this kid play and giving him a break all seem to fit to me. We’ll see how he responds.”
Quade made the decision but not before bouncing it off his coaches and GM Jim Hendry.
“Here’s the way I look at things and it’s different everywhere and some owners get involved,” Quade said. “Jim’s been great and has given me leeway to do what I want. Any time you do something like this or make a serious lineup change and have somebody not playing, it’s my nature to talk to Jim or Randy [Bush] or my staff and say this is what I’m thinking. I get feedback from all over the place. Jim has given me the opportunity and said, ‘Just do it,’ and I’m doing what I want to do.”
— Carrie Muskat