Cubs Starlin Castro, White Sox Carlos Quentin Make MLB All-Star Team

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro today was named to the 2011 National League All-Star team, the first selection of his MLB career. Castro joins manager Mike Quade, who was named to National League Manager Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff last week, in representing the Cubs at the 82nd Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 12 in Phoenix .

At age 21, Castro becomes the youngest player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.  300 game winner Greg Maddux was 22-years-old when selected in ’88 but did not play in the exhibition game.  The youngest position player in franchise history to play in the All-Star Game was Ron Santo, who was 23 in 1963.

Right fielder Carlos Quentin was selected as the lone White Sox representative.

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Chicago Cubs are Starlin Castro’s Team Now

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The Chicago Cubs of 2008, the team that was a juggernaut up until late August; who finished just shy of 100 wins before performing the ultimate choke job of all choke jobs, are pretty much gone. The high-priced, built to win now team is almost entirely turned over in just three short years. Most of the starting rotation is gone, as is the bullpen.

Aramis Ramirez is the only infielder left, but he’s not expected to produce as much of the offense as he did back three years ago. Same with Alfonso Soriano, who’s disgustingly bloated contract, by far the worst investment in Cubs history, has has morphed from tragedy to farce today. Jim Edmonds, Derrek Lee and the “ot boys” are all gone.

And in their place is a young nucleus with the names Darwin Barney, Tyler Colvin, Marlon Byrd and Starlin Castro. That’s the future of the Cubs, especially that last one.

By Paul M. Banks

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Cub fans, Commence the Starlin Castro Bandwagon!

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By Paul M. Banks

(update: Cubs super-prospect Starlin Castro goes yard in his first at bat!)

The Chicago Cubs today called up Starlin Castro from Double-A Tennessee after infielder Chad Tracy was jettisoned to Triple-A Iowa.

Castro, the first ever Cub born in the 1990s (don’t you feel old now) wears uniform number 13 and hit a three-run homer in his first ever at bat. The 20 year old is rated the number one prospect in the Cubs’ system by Baseball America.

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