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Starlin Castro has $3.6 million seized in a legal dispute

Dec 19, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that  Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts as the result of a legal dispute with a baseball school in the Dominican Republic. The upshot: the baseball school claims that Castro’s father agreed to give the school a percentage of Castro’s career earnings.

Castro was 15 at the time, though, so if this happened in the U.S. court system the dispute would go nowhere. Kids can’t agree to contracts like that and parents can’t sign away their kids’ rights like that. Presumably the system works a bit differently in the Dominican Republic.

Castro won’t go hungry — he signed a $60 million contract extension with the Cubs last year — but this takes a bite. And it seems crazy that it should have to.

  1. eshine76 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I wonder if dad is going to wake up one morning with a “For Sale” sign on his lawn and a note from his son.

    • yahmule - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      I wonder if he’ll give a damn while he counts his kickback money.

  2. slaugin - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    That’s messed up

  3. seanb20124 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I wonder if he keeps his money in Dominican banks?

  4. karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    “Castro was 15 at the time…”


    • yahmule - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      He acts like he’s 15 now.

      • Reflex - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Do you ever say anything nice about anyone? Just curious.

      • yahmule - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        All the time. For example, I think Reflex is an awesome handle. Doesn’t make me think of Duran Duran or anything.

      • Reflex - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Seven of the Ragged Tiger is my all time fav pop 80’s album.

        My point, though, is you seem to be on quite a roll lately where nothing nice is said. I don’t remember you being that way this summer, so I’m not sure what’s bugging you.

      • Reflex - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        That said, my handle is not due to Duran Duran. Its a handle I was using on the internet back in 1994 and it stuck.

  5. jm91rs - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    This is a messed up situation but I could definitely see a talented youth baseball player going to an academy and making such an offer if they thought it would help him reach the majors. The fact that they weren’t smart enough to sign a deal that capped at a certain number (obviously no baseball school is worth a multi million dollar tuition) is the troubling part.

    • jazynaz - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      if his dad was willing to sign away a percentage of his sons earnings “forever”, his dad must not have had much/any faith that starlin would make it to MLB, and a salary of $60M. how sad to be sold (out) by your own parents.

  6. atepper001 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    huge glaring hole here (not just his glove at SS). He paid 3.6M for what, to settle for all future earnings now or to pay back for earnings already earned and not paid to the school? He has only earned ~6M so far so, 3.6M of 6 indicate his father sold 60% of his earnings. maybe he got a large signing bonus or something but, something is missing here…

    • jwbiii - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      $50k signing bonus. . . that ain’t it.

  7. louhudson23 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Right or wrong,this is how business is done there,and the schools provide a great deal of support,coaching,conditioning and exposure(however limited or primitive compared to U.S).Unlike in the U.S. where such a baseball school has the opportunity to charge parents for their services,these schools students(and parents) pay little or nothing and the whole system depends on a player like Starling making it and covering the costs(and providing some profit) for all of those who do not make it.There are no school leagues,rec leagues,Little League teams.This is it. Perhaps a million or two of the billions in profit from MLB could create such leagues and teams and provide a centralised training facility and program and eliminate such a flawed system. But that would possibly mean less profit,and in our Trickle Down world ,that just isn’t going to happen.

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