What the Accusation Against Starlin Castro Means for the Cubs
(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.