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On an otherwise nondescript January morning, word spread rapidly that 21-year-old Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had been accused of sexual assault back in September. A few hours later, the Cubs pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Andrew Cashner and a minor league outfielder to the Padres for Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates, and the feverish interest in Castro’s story wouldn’t again reach the same zenith.

There was an uptick at the Cubs Convention when Castro returned to Chicago and met with police. But there hasn’t been much in the way of new information or any kind of update since that first Friday of January when the original report surfaced.

Today, Castro made his opening appearance at the Cubs’ 2012 Spring Training, and addressed reporters for the first time about the allegations, although he wouldn’t discuss them directly.

“I cooperated with the police,” Castro said, referencing his January meeting. “I don’t have anything else to say about that. I’m ready to play baseball and practice hard and help this team win games.”

“In the beginning it was tough,” Castro said of the experience, “but I put it out of my mind to prepare to play baseball.’

No one was expecting Castro to say much more, but he did add one thought about something he’s learned from what has happened.

“You have to be careful because there are a lot of bad people in the world,” he said.

Is Castro talking about those who attacked him without an entire set of facts? His accuser? Others? I don’t expect we’re going to find out. Nor are we going to find out just what happened back in September.

We can’t rightly condemn or excuse, we can only move on, and watch Castro play baseball.

  • Chris S

    Not to worry, all.. I’m sure it will come out that he was supposed to drop her off Saturday morning at FedEx but he didn’t drop her off until Monday..

    • SouthernCub

      funny……

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Gold diggers…. They’ll do anything

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I don’t want to tell people what to say (within reason), but I’d hope we could avoid that kind of comment. We still don’t know anything, and I just don’t want any of us to say something we’ll regret.

      • Andrewmoore4isu

        http://www.hoover.org/news/daily-report/90206

        My uncle wrote this for the WSJ. No need to read it. But the world as a hole always considers makes are guilty just because they are male. I’ll buck the trend!

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          The presumption of male guilt is definitely a serious issue, you’re right. It’s probably just the (remnant) lawyer in me that just wants to stay completely neutral. Too much unknown, too much fire on both sides.

      • http://bleachernation loyal100more

        a tough story to comment on. im hopeing for the best and am very pleased the guy is at camp ready to play ball. any further comment is just in bad taste to all involved. i am quite on deck with brett on this matter. as fans we got our guys back, but with no real facts mums the word. play ball… lets try to move on… heres an idea lets hate on ryan braun, damn cheater!

    • ferrets_bueller

      Sometimes, I wish there was a like button.

  • Mike Foster

    I wonder about this kids head. Guess we’ll see what kind of year he has, I’m not expecting much.

    • http://bleachernation loyal100more

      i myself am curious about his mind set… but i still have my expectations high for him on the field.

  • Matt

    I will say this. A friend of mine is a former roommate of the accuser. I can’t say too much since I have had VERY limited interaction in my life with the accuser. However, from what interaction I have had, which again, is very limited, I am pretty confident that Castro will walk out of this a free man.

    I’m just hoping that it doesn’t give him a bad season. Although, if it does, this would be the best season for it since I really don’t see the Cubs doing much.

  • MichiganGoat

    Well there has been plenty of legal concerns in the past 24 hours, but after dealing with the courts through a bitter divorce and ugly custody battle I’ve come to learn to trust and allow the legal system to do its diligence. If good representation can be afforded and patience is allowed I’ve found the system allows to truth to come to the surface. Let us allow the legal system to do its job and eventually justice come to light. Of course I know there is plenty of injustice in the system (don’t get me started about how little rights fathers have at the onset of a divorce), but our system still does right more than wrong and better than any other system in the world. It’s a complex world full of incomplete truths and lies and the legal system does an amazing job of actually sorting though all the muck.

  • Noah

    I’ll just say this: if Starlin Castro was going to have been charged, he almost certainly would have been by this point. It’s been five months since the alleged action occurred, and it’s not the sort of incident where new evidence is going to pop up. The police and district attorney have all the information they’re ever going to have.

    • die hard

      agree that if not charged by now then wont be unless there are ongoing negotiations to settle for a sum of money which includes a plea to a slap on the wrist misdemeanor. The DA has not said case closed yet and so a lot could be going on now to make this go away.

      • Noah

        I think you’re drastically confusing and melding the civil and criminal court systems. Negotiations to settle for a sum of money would be directly with the alleged victim and would be a civil matter. A slap on the wrist misdemeanor would be a criminal matter. They’re two different things.

        • die hard

          Understood. But if victim is unwilling to testify and no other witnesses, the prosecution has to rethink the case. A victim who receives justice through a settlement is a satisfied victim and if still has feelings for him would not want to see him go to jail.

  • Leo

    Hay Brett I read that Zimmerman is unhappy and has given Washington a timeline to get something done or he wants to be traded. 1) is this even true. 2) would the Cubs have interest he is young and is good for 20hr. This would help with losing A-ram at 3rd.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’d be shocked if he and Washington don’t work out an extension. He’s signed through 2013, so I just don’t see it happening. He turns 28 this year, and I don’t think he’s in the right age range that the Cubs would be looking for – the Cubs would have to pay a ton, ton, ton in prospects to get him, and then a ton, ton, ton to sign him long-term.

    • DocWimsey

      What, how Grimmsian! This has all of the correct words but totally out of order. What Zimmerman is demanding is a no-trade clause, at which the Nats are balking. The deadline is Saturday, after which Zimmerman says that negotiations will cease so that he can focus on the season.

      So, yes, deadlines and trades are involved, but not like you wrote!

      EDIT: I’ve never been sure what to make of Zimmerman. He has the ability to be a consistent All-Star, but injuries keep stalling him. At what point to we stop calling it bad luck?

  • ferrets_bueller

    I love that last quote.

  • Featherstone

    I was wondering about Castro’s future contract. What kind of extension will be feasible for someone of his skillset/ceiling? I was thinking if he continues to grow a little more power and maintains his high average a long-term club friendly contract would be in order.

  • Leo

    He’s younger then DeJesus and a year older then Stewart which are players Theo picked up. If Washington is in playoff contention and no deal is reached u don’t think a Marmol for Zimmerman would work?

    • hogie

      Not a chance. Zimmerman will most likely be a reason they are in contention. If Zimmerman is on the block midseason, he will be one of the most attractive options out there. Marmol, even if he bounces back, would not be enough I would think.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Marmol’s trade value right now is 0 – as in, I’m not sure any team would take him and his contract for nothing right now. Even if he’s dominant in the first half of 2012, I’m not sure the needle moves on his value because he’s going to make $9.8 million in 2012. If and when the Cubs ever deal Marmol, they’ll be eating some serious salary, and it will not involve acquiring a top player like Zimmerman.

    • JR Cubs

      Leo, not trying to be rude… But are you serious?? Even if Marmol was a lot better than last year, he’s a relief pitcher who makes a lot of money. He’s got probably slightly more value than Soriano (who I dont think the Cubs could move if they paid 90% of his salary)… So basically no trade value.

    • DocWimsey

      At any rate, you don’t trade real talent for relief pitchers: people have finally caught on to that! The Nats do have some minor league talent that they might be wiling to trade for a division title or WC push. However, their firstbase situation is not great, so any potential 3Bmen would serve them better at first taking over LaRoche’s spot. (Nats fans are really upset that they did not sign Prince, and with some reason: they’d be contenders against the Phils and Braves with Prince.)

      • BFiddy

        “At any rate, you don’t trade real talent for relief pitchers: people have finally caught on to that!”

        I think the Reds missed this memo…to the great gain of the Cubs…

        • DocWimsey

          Oops, partly my bad!  I meant for mid-season trades.  But I am not sure that the Marshall-Wood trade qualifies: people are looking at Wood as a calculated gamble by Theo & Hoyer.  (It’s a really “smart” gamble in that it did not cost the team much and the upside is great.)

  • KidCubbie

    Leo if they are in contention its probably because Zim is healthy and contributing. And they already have Storen closing. Dude is lights out.

  • Leo L

    not many times i dont agree with you brett but if he is a dominant closer and team needs just a closer to get over the edge you dont think a contending team would spend the money on Marmol to win a world champoinship? (ofcourse there is the if) But i do agree the zimmerman-marmol trade proably wont make sense.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If a bunch of contending teams lose their closers to injury and don’t have a suitable in-house replacement (most do), then, sure, there could be a trade partner. But, again, the Cubs would be kicking in cash if they wanted even a “B” prospect in return.

  • npnovak

    there’s an interview on cubs.com with starlin castro, but’s all in spanish…anyone know it well enough to translate?

    edit: thought I’d be more specific. it’s on castro’s player bio page, a video titled “Castro se prepara”. also, I didn’t notice til now but it was uploaded in early February, so it’s probably from the convention and there’s nothing too interesting said.

    Still, it’s interesting to hear what his voice sounds like.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Hey brett, know how you like Garfield Minus Garfield? Well, how about…this. http://blog.org.es/realfield/

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s hilarious!

  • http://NorthSideFollowers Clayton Kuhlemeier

    I think that Starlin is innocent because we all know that Starlin wants to play baseball because he is good at it and he wouldn’t do something that would effect his career with the Cubs.

    • StuckinSTL

      That statement sounds like something that Alan from “The Hangover” would say…..Just completely, well…..WOW!

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