2/19 Castro goes for gold
Starlin Castro wants a Gold Glove, and if early workouts are any indication, he’s going for it.
“I like the way he’s been going about his business for the first three days in camp defensively,” Dale Sveum said Tuesday. “It’s one thing I challenged him to do. [I said] ‘Your next step now is to win a Gold Glove,’ and obviously that takes a lot of focus and hard work and being focused for 150 pitches a game and 162 games. He’s got the ability to do it. The rest is up to him.”
He’s got some work to do. Castro committed 27 errors last season, the most among NL shortstops. He had the 10th best fielding percentage (.964) among NL shortstops. The Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins made 13 miscues in 152 games and compiled a .978 fielding percentage.
“I know that God gave me [the ability to] hit,” Castro said. “That’s why when I went to the Dominican, I worked hard every day on my defense. I want to be like [Darwin] Barney and win a Gold Glove. It’s going to be fun to win a Gold Glove at shortstop, second base and first base. It’s going to be fun because [Anthony] Rizzo is very good, too. It’s good motivation for me. I know I can be like those guys and play good defense.”
The problem in the past hasn’t been lack of effort but lapses in concentration. Castro is aware of the need to stay focused.
“My game plan is going to be perfect,” he said.
The Cubs feel Castro can do it, and last August, rewarded him with a seven-year, $60 million contract.
“It didn’t change anything,” Castro said of his new deal, “but you feel a little more relaxed because my family is going to be good now. I can just play baseball and forget about everything.”
– Carrie Muskat