Found June 07, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
If there was such a thing as an "official" end to the latest Starlin Castro controversy, it ended Wednesday when general manager Jed Hoyer backed field manager Dale Sveum's handling of the situation. Sveum took a balanced approach to disciplining Castro for two mental gaffes in the previous series, at San Francisco. He admonished Castro, saying the second mistake was the "last straw." But he did not bench the 22-year-old star, instead throwing him back into the lineup and then watching as Castro played well. Hoyer, who came on board last fall, said he and new team president Theo Epstein anticipated such a moment, given Castro's youth and history of judgment lapses on the field. Hoyer referred to former TV analyst and current Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine criticizing Castro last year for having his attention wander while on the field. "That was something we talked about in the interview process," Hoyer said. "(Castro) had already had...

Handling Starlin Castro

The other day in San Francisco Starlin Castro lost track of the number of outs and failed to complete the second half of what may or may not have been a double play. As you'd expect, Dale Sveum was quite unhappy about it. "It's something that's obviously unacceptable at any time," Sveum said. "Whether we [...]

Dale Sveum Says Starlin Castro's Latest Mental Blunder 'the Last Straw,' Threatens to Bench Cubs Shortstop

Starlin Castro has the talent to be an elite major league shortstop, but the question has become whether he has the mental makeup. So far, the outlook isn't good for the 22-year-old. Cubs manager Dale Sveum called out Castro following Monday's 3-2 loss to the Giants, during which the shortstop committed another costly mental mistake. "It's the last straw," Sveum...

Soriano set to be Cubs' DH at Minnesota

In one way, interleague play resumes at just the right time for the Cubs. Chicago opens a three-game weekend series Friday at Minnesota. Manager Dale Sveum likes the idea of having an extra hitter, with the designated hitter in use for the games at American League parks. He's even more happy that left fielder Alfonso Soriano will move into the DH spot for all three games this...

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by Westinghouse

Iowa Everyone pretty much sucked. Smokies Jae Hoon Ha went 2-3 with 2 walks and is now hitting .278. Logan Watkins 2-4 with a pair of walks as well. Eric Joksich went 7 IP allowing 0 ER and striking out 1 batter. Daytona Austin Kirk had a nice start striking out 7 in 6 IP. [...]

Twins try to take advantage of woeful Cubs

Chicago Cubs starters pitched poorly in their last visit to Minneapolis, but chances are they could fare better in the franchise's first visit to pitcher-friendly Target Field. The Cubs will make their first trip to the Minnesota Twins' current home Friday night in the opener of a three-game series between two of baseball's worst teams. Chicago (19-38) was swept by...

2012 Cubs Draft Tricker Tacker

16th ROUND (494): Michael Hamann, RHP R/R, 6'3 170, 21 years oldU. of ToledoCOMMENT: College Junior... went 3-5 with a 5.80 ERA for Rockets in 2012, allowing 89 hits in 76 IP (14 GS), with 29/55 BB/K... Had disappointing junior year after being mainstay of the Toledo starting rotation freshman & sophomore seasons... was a member of National Honor Society in HS... was selected...

Dempster open to trade

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is definitely a throwback baseball player. With Cubbies struggling, Dempster has gone public in saying that he is open to a trade. He’s willing to do whatever it means to help the Cubs succeed even if it means he’s not there. Which is pretty impressive as he’s a player with 10-and-5 rights. “I think I would be doing everybody...

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by MasterCard

Iowa Brett Jackson was 1-3 with a double and is now batting .262. Josh Vitters was 2-3 with a walk and Rizzo went 1-3 with a walk of his own. Chris Volstad struck out 7 in 7 innings pitched while allowing 3 earned runs.  Smokies Logan Watinks was 2-4 with a pair of walks and [...]

Brewers vs. Cubs: Consider The Following

A confusing weekend which featured of lineups filled with AAAA players and a series loss to the Pirates is thankfully past, and an after a home off day the Brewers are hopefully refreshed. Tonight at 7:10 CT, the Chicago Cubs will take their first cuts at Miller Park in 2012. The Cubs are coming off a 1–2 series loss to the Giants, and currently sport an MLB-worst record of 18–36...

Brewers 4, Cubs 3(10)

Norichika Aoki homered twice, including off Casey Coleman to lead off the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. The former Japanese batting champion entered the game with one homer, an inside-the-park homer on April 20. Aoki was mobbed by his teammates at home plate. Corey Hart hit a game-tying RBI double in the eighth for the...

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (19-38) at Minnesota Twins (22-34)

The Cubs will face one of their main rivals for the #1 pick in the draft. Since 424's been on vacation I'll post a mini reverse standings to see how things are currently shaking out Team L-W GB San Diego 39-19 – Chi Cubs 38-19 0.5 Minnesota 34-22 4 Seattle 33-26 6.5 Oakland 32-26 7 [...]

Throwing it Around

We’re two days out from Diamond Hoggers bachelor party bash 2012 in Cincinnati, and it’s our first shindig without being a bachelor. We will keep you posted with how that actually goes, with a further post to come later in the week. For now, here’s some of the more newsworthy reads from other sites who like to talk about about baseball. -Starlin Castro forgot how many outs...
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