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Maddon: Castro creating 'good baseball karma' for himself

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Maddon: Castro creating 'good baseball karma' for himself

CINCINNATI — Starlin Castro respects 90.

The Cubs' All-Star shortstop is in the midst of another very good season, playing at a high level on a winning team for the first time in his career.

Castro is hitting .329 and has played a solid shortstop, including some highlight-reel plays of late. He had another "Web Gem" Sunday afternoon, diving to his right and making a throw from his knees to get Reds outfielder Brennan Boesch in the sixth inning.

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But it actually was Castro's groundout in the ninth that really impressed manager Joe Maddon.

"How 'bout it?" Maddon said in reference to the spectacular play in the field. "And then even more so, the routine ground ball in his last AB, ran down to first base — that was outstanding. That moment bleeds into the rest of your game.

"Everything he's doing right now, I always believe in the complimentary effects of everything that we do. And if there's good baseball karma, he's created that for himself right now by the way he's gone about that business.

"More than anything he did, I loved that [running down the line] today."

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Castro has refused to look over his shoulder with the promotion of Addison Russell, who was shifted over to second base. 

Castro fully intends to stick at shortstop and has worked well with Russell at second, including a slick double play in Friday's game. Russell also had a highlight-reel play of his own, diving to his right and throwing out speed demon Billy Hamilton in Friday's win.

"I know he's a good defender, so the plays that he can make, he's going to make," Russell said of Castro. "The outstanding plays that we both make, that just comes with our ability. I think we both try to challenge ourselves."

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.