6/23 Castro gets tune-up

There’s been a lot of talk about Starlin Castro’s hitting mechanics. On Sunday, the Cubs shortstop was on the field working on his defense. Castro committed his 12th error on Saturday, the most in the Major Leagues. He, infield coach David Bell, bench coach Jamie Quirk and coach Mike Borzello joined Castro and second baseman Darwin Barney on the field before batting practice.

“There’s a lot of things in his defense that need to get better,” Dale Sveum said. “Today was working on his backhand, and trying to get more stable and have a base when you throw the ball and not be so off balance and understand the different things you have to have in your tool box with your backhand. … It was some things we have to get cleaned up.”

This hasn’t been a good year offensive for Castro, a two-time All-Star, who was batting .231. He began the year with a .297 career average in three seasons. Sveum didn’t see the 23-year-old infielder fretting too much.

“These are things everybody goes through and part of the adversity everybody goes through,” Sveum said. “Some guys have peaks and valleys. You’re going to go through this at some point in your career.”

This is the longest skid in Castro’s young career.

“People can go 25, 30, 35 years without any adversity in their life,” Sveum said. “You see what kind of man you are when you have to deal with adversity. Everybody has to go through it in life. Nobody said life was easy.”

— Carrie Muskat


And why isn’t Castro fretting about his offense? Seems to me that if I had a 60million dollar contract to play ball I would be darn worried if I wasn’t performing as expected. And with the most errors at SS in the league it would be a great idea to ditch the sunflower seeds being sought for in the pocket and have those hands ready to pick the ball.

White and Mama could not have said it better. We all want the young man to do much better; but the concern must start with Castro. Thirteen errors and a .230 batting average add up to a big problem for the Cubs. He needs to put on his big boy pants and get concerned. His best is needed now.

Error #14. That must have been a great practice this morning! GGeeeeeeZ.

the cubs signed a cuban pitcher last year named conception he was terrible.. what happenned to him?

COnception has an injured back… might resume throwing late July

Rizzo got a haircut! And his bat is sizzling. I think he has worked through his slump! Just wish Castro could throw straight and not make Rizzo work so hard at 1st trying to keep Castro’s error rate down. WHY do they not sit Castro out for a few games? He is becoming more unglued every game. A vacation from devastation to get his head glued on if that is possible. Otherwise we are looking at a 60 million train wreck.

Let’s be clear on this White, there is no “they” there is a “he”…SVEUM. Sveum in fact is the one that needs a tune up…managing in the minors for 4 years, helping young players, and WINNING..sound familiar? Nice article about Sandberg in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune about how Hendry dissed Ryno in favor of Quade and then how Epstein failed in the exact same way. Ryno, now the 3B coach for Philly may be managing them by year’s end. Gotta get some Phillies jerseys!!

Ryne Sandberg was in Iowa when Barney played SS there. When Castro was brought up to Wrigley Barney starting playing 2nd and was coached in that position by Ryno. From one GG to another GG. Couldn’t have had a better teacher! Now Barney was out on the field the other day helping Castro at SS. Interesting how a former SS, now GG 2nd, is willing and able to help Castro.

White do you get or read online the Chicago Tribune?

Joey, I haven’t seen Chicago Tribune – is there something I should read there?

There is an article about Sandberg and his promotion to 3B coach with the Phillies and how it is speculated he will be the next manager, possibly by the end of this season. Also mentioned is how he was overlooked by both Hendry (who favored Quade…ewwww!) and Epstein (who favored Sveum). It’s good reading. Hard to believe after all the bumbling decisions by Hendry he still had one more to make and screw things up…Quade…..yeesh. If Hendry chose Sandberg more than likely Epstein would have kept him on, don’t you think?

lol ya right

Mamma Mia, I respect you for not telling privileged information. The sad thing is that it prevented our hiring Sandberg as Cubs manager. Our loss for sure. The Phillies got a good one!

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