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Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life

Dec 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Add another name to the list, as Carrie Muskat of reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life:

The Cubs are making sure shortstop Starlin Castro reports to Spring Training in better shape. The team assigned strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic to work with Castro for three weeks in November. In January, Castro will start workouts at the Cubs’ facility in the Dominican. …

“I think we felt like there’s no reason he can’t be a little faster and he can’t have more range than he does,” [general manager Jed] Hoyer said. “He’s at that age–he’s going to be 24 years old–where he’s going to start to put on a little bit of that man strength.”

Maybe, but I’m 30 now and still waiting for “a little bit of that man strength” to arrive.

  1. nymets4ever - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Good for him, he has quite a bit of talent..

  2. historiophiliac - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Why is everyone trying to go BSOHL *before* the holidays? That’s what the new year is for.

    • zzalapski - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Calendar creep, which is also why some stores sell Christmas decorations before Halloween.

      I predict that within the next five years, Bryce Harper will be getting into the BSOHL in the last week of the regular season to properly prepare for the playoffs.

    • sportsdrenched - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Indeed, because of these early BSHOL articles the BSHOL List will now have to have a 13-14 in front of it. And we can’t do that. It’s one of the unwritten rules of baseball that any list pretaining to a season can only include one year.

      If we allow these split year things to go on baseball will be just like College Basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

  3. yahmule - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Sounds like he’s kind of being forced into the best shape of his life.

  4. sportsdrenched - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Do NOT add him to the list. The article says “better” shape. “Better” does not equal “Best”.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      In all fairness, it’s not like he started out as John Kruk.

  5. mikhelb - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I doubt that getting into a better shape will actually help him to put more attention during the game. I belive that it will be near impossible to get rid of his tendency to distract and make infantile mistakes when fielding an easy play, even though the official scorer at Wrigley sometimes helps him, otherwise he’d have at least 30% more errors.

    • mikhelb - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I just imagined the official scorer running to help him field a ground ball… LOL

  6. yahmule - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I don’t know why the Cubs’ pitchers don’t make sure he’s looking in the general direction of home plate before they deliver a pitch. They’re the crappy teammates if you ask me!

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