Jose Reyes to DL; Castro to get All-Star start?

With Jose Reyes expected to be placed on the DL today, it's quite possible that Starlin Castro will get the start at short in next week's All-Star Game. Troy Tulowitzki (17 HR, 57 RBI) is on the roster as well but has been out since Monday with a tight hamstring. If he opts/is told not to play, the Cubs may have their first All-Star starter since 2008 when Soto and Fukudome took the field for the NL (Soriano was voted in as well, but was hurt). Castro would not be the youngest All-Star starter in history, though he'd be close. According to MLB.com, the youngest starting player in an All-Star Game was Al Kaline at 20 years, six months (1955).

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  • Something to cheer about! That would be cool...he would have to rank amongst the youngest all-star starters in history. I know that A-Rod was younger by about 4 months, but I don't remember if he started. I believe Al Kaline was the youngest all-star ever...not sure if he started either. I may have to do some research on that one.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Al Kaline was indeed the youngest ever--you either read the end of my post unconsciously or have a great memory! (Probably the latter.) Even though he clearly doesn't deserve to be an All-Star starter, it would indeed be very cool to have our (hopefully) future star taking his position at short to begin the All-Star Game.

  • Ha! I started wondering in the middle of your article how he'd rank as far as youngest starters...perhaps I should have kept reading and would have had my answer!

    How about youngest starting SS? A-Rod was the youngest SS to play in an all-star game at 20 years, 11 months. Castro will be 21 years and 4 months. Just 5 months older. A-Rod did not start, though, until the next year. So unless some SS started between those two ages, it looks like Castro could be the youngest SS ever to start the game.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Good data! It's sort of looking like Tulo might be able to play, but we'll see ...

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