5/3 Castro on SI cover

Look who’s on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine: It’s Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.

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The story headline is “The Education of a Shortstop,” with the subhead, “Starlin Castro, 21-year-old Cubs phenom, grows up before our eyes.” It’s the first time a Cubs player has been featured on the magazine’s cover since Aramis Ramirez was on the Sept. 29, 2008, cover, although Carlos Zambrano was included on the cover in the baseball preview edition April 6, 2009. Sammy Sosa has been on four SI covers, Kerry Wood two, Kosuke Fukudome one, and Alfonso Soriano and Lou Piniella combined on one in February 2007.

– Carrie Muskat

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