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Castro commits three errors in Wrigley debut

May 11, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

Starlin Castro slips.jpgNo one really notices this sort of thing if Starlin Castro didn’t hit 6 RBI in his big-splash major league debut last Friday, but he did, so people notice. It was a bad night for Castro against the Marlins, as he committed three errors at short. A video reel of all three can be seen here.

For those who can’t watch the video, the first one came in the third inning when he fielded a grounder and appeared to throw it before he came set, sending the ball up the first base line.  Castro appeared to come set on the second error — this one in the sixth inning — but his throw just sailed on him, allowing the runner to reach.

The third error — though it did not lead to a Marlins run — was perhaps the most problematic.  It came with Hanley Ramirez up to bat in the eighth. Castro failed to come up with the ball on a backhand play. Fair enough, that happens. What doesn’t always happen was his reaction: he jogged after the ball, which sat several yards behind him in the grass. He wasn’t in any particular hurry, and he wasn’t paying any attention to Hanley Ramirez, which allowed Ramirez to take second base.

Nerves? Youth? Brain locks? Probably all of the above. But in light of his reputation and his monster debut last week, people in Chicago are going to expect more out of him than your typical rookie shortstop, so nights like this are going to be highlighted.

  1. Sam OCR - May 11, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    It wasn’t an error, but the play in the photo was another miscue. He went into the hole, then planted to throw and his foot slipped. As he fell to the ground, he threw it anyway, despite a) Cameron Maybin running and being WAY ahead of the throw, and b) Castro being way, way off balance and a runner on third waiting to score if his throw had been inaccurate.
    So, yeah, you might have arguably called the play his fourth error on the foot slip, and Castro’s unnecessary and risky throw was certainly a mental gaffe.
    Captcha: intellectual bouncers

  2. Old Gator - May 11, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    What delicious irony that the Macondo Feesh owe a jog off their schneid to a guy named Castro. Somebody buy that man a media noche and a mamey batido.

  3. Dan - May 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Well some of the Cub fans booed him so he’s got that going for him.
    Welcome to the Chicago Cubs.

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