Starlin Castro Sexual Assault Accusation Ramifications

What the Accusation Against Starlin Castro Means for the Cubs

1/7/12 in MLB   |   Carlo_S   |   28 respect

As many of you know, there’s been a lot of movement within the Chicago Cubs’ front office and clubhouse recently. After overseeing one of MLB’s most disappointing teams over the past few seasons, the Ricketts family, in one of this offseason’s most surprising moves, convinced then Boston GM Theo Epstein to become the team’s President of Baseball Operations (and if not for one of the greatest regular season collapses in MLB history and a certain controversy involving fried chicken and beer, there is no way Epstein would have left Boston to begin with). Epstein’s first decision was the hiring of Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod to be the team’s GM and head of Scouting and Player Development, respectively – both of whom had grown up with Epstein within Boston’s front office. Since then, the club has made a flurry of moves, including the replacement of manager Mike Quade with Dale Sveum (the former Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach whom Boston was also pursuing) and the reorganization of a Major League roster and farm system in need of rejuvenation (something tells me they’re not done).

(So far under the Epstein/Hoyer regime, the Cubs have given up Carlos Zambrano, Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner, Tyler Colvin, DJ LeMahieu, and Kyung-Min Na, for Travis Wood, Chris Volstad, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Stewart, Casey Weathers, Ronaldo Torreyes, Dave Sappelt, and Zach Cates.)

For an organization in desperate need of success, this Winter has represented a big step forward. That is, until the team’s star shortstop, Starlin Castro, was reportedly accused of sexual assault. Castro, only 21, is arguably the current face of the franchise - a rare talent with superstar potential, already having one All-Star selection under his belt. And even though this matter is still being investigated, with Castro’s attorneys “confident [that] these allegations are baseless,” this not only adds concern for the Cubs team heading into 2012 and beyond, but to the character issues the young shortstop has displayed in the past. Notably, former manager Mike Quade called him out on several occasions last season for lack of hustle, lapses in concentration, and defensive miscues.

The importance of Castro in regards to the future of the Cubs cannot be understated. He’s one of the few championship-caliber players currently on the Major League roster (along with Matt Garza and maybe Carlos Marmol), and a shortstop, which as a group is a relatively weak crop right now in MLB, at that. The Cubs aren’t focusing on winning in 2012, but are instead building to field a truly competitive club a few years down the road. As the team progresses and the on-field product gets better (within a relatively weak division), the intrigue, hype, and potential will only grow. However, the latest Starlin Castro controversy puts a hamper on everything and is something to be worried about if you’re a Cubs fan.
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1/10/12   |   Carlo_S   |   28 respect

coyotedances wrote:
As a longtime Cub and baseball fan. I have seen many of the "problem child" ballplayers. IMO Starlin Castro doesn't fit that profile. He is young, hopefully his on/off field discipline will improve as he matures into adulthood.

 I hope so. Kid has superstar potential. 

1/9/12   |   coyotedances   |   23475 respect

As a longtime Cub and baseball fan. I have seen many of the "problem child" ballplayers. IMO Starlin Castro doesn't fit that profile. He is young, hopefully his on/off field discipline will improve as he matures into adulthood.

1/7/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Carlo_S wrote:
ha. I get the feeling that that probably won't happen. I think awhile ago Cherington/Epstein said that they'd figure that out "at some point." I don't expect the Sox to get back much in return, to be honest. 

Haha yeah I know. It's just frustrating to see how fast the Ozzie Guillen compensation got straightened out, and how long this is taking. Although I'm sure it puts Theo in a weird position, trying to convince the Red Sox that his services aren't worth THAT much.

1/7/12   |   Carlo_S   |   28 respect

Pat wrote:
Think they'll be willing to send him to the Red Sox now for the compensation for Theo? Still waiting on that...

ha. I get the feeling that that probably won't happen. I think awhile ago Cherington/Epstein said that they'd figure that out "at some point." I don't expect the Sox to get back much in return, to be honest. 

1/7/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Think they'll be willing to send him to the Red Sox now for the compensation for Theo? Still waiting on that...