Jivedude wrote:Hamstring? Wasn't it some sort of hip problem?
I thought it was a shoulder injury, but whatever it was, he're my Luis Castillo timeline:
preseason consensus was that he was too timid to steal from the injury
Then in spring training ....he was stealing
(I hope I have my facts right here....)
There was some question as to who would lead off and who would bat second. We saw how that turned out...
Despite that, the Marlins were stealing like maniacs and Castillo was still managing to get his, despite getting caught more
Then McKeon was hired
I think Luis Castillo can get back to 30+ sb a year, but it would have taken him getting to a team that needed him to lead off. A 2nd place hitter can get plenty of steals, but when you have a guy like Pierre ahead of you, man it's tough. Sac bunts, hit-and-runs, having a guy ahead of you on the bases, I-Rod hitting right behind you, it all kinda adds up.
I agree that Luis Castillo is underrated ....in real baseball. I was impressed that he adapted so well to the 2 hole. I think he had to swallow his pride a little, but he got some nice jewelry outta the deal.