Starlin Castro has had enough it seems.
The young shortstop has decided he is done listening to the multiple voices he has endured all year. There have been many suggested theories as to why Castro has struggled this season, and the too many voices theory has been brought up and debated.
Castro made it clear yesterday he believes in that theory himself.
“You’re not supposed to think [at the plate]”
“Sometimes you have a tough season and you want to please everybody. But when you listen to everybody, it’s not right. You have to listen to the things that can help you, not everything.”
“I like to be aggressive, swinging the bat [early in the count]”
“Swing at strikes. See good pitches and be aggressive and hit them. See the ball and hit it. When you come to the plate, you don’t have any idea because you listen to too many things. That’s what I’ve been doing. There’s six weeks left. I just want to be aggressive and be me.” Said Castro.
This week things seem to have come to a head for Castro and the Cubs. First Dale Sveum pulled him from Saturday’s national televised game after his fielding gaffe. Today Castro was dropped to eighth in the order, much to the former all-star's dismay.
“I don’t like it there. It’s tough,” Castro said. “[Sveum] asked me if I like it. I told him no. … But I don’t put my head down. I have to stay aggressive.”
If you are like me, you clearly see there is a disconnect between Sveum and Castro. At the very least, it seems Sveum tried some ultra tough love that has backfired. The tide may have ultimately changed back when Sveum threatened both Castro and Anthony Rizzo with a trip to Iowa.
Apparently Castro was miffed, and took that incident as the organization not having his back. Now there are whispers of a rift that exists between Castro and the Cubs. You could see why he would long for the last regime.
They helped get Castro to two straight all-star appearances, now this regime wants him to change( in his eyes). Castro declined to place any blame at hitting coach James Rowson, however.
Who knows what the future holds now for the Cubs and Castro. There has been some speculation the Cubs would look to deal the shortstop in the offseason. The emergence of Javy Baez has only ignited that thought. Castro’s value may be too low to deal now, but on the flip side there may also be teams that still see the 2010-2012 player in there. His contract and talent may prove to be tempting to other clubs.
From what I’ve heard, some in the Cubs organization just do not think he is “Their kind of player”.
Maybe Chicago won’t be Castro’s kind of town for long.
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