Damn, Lack of Patience Strikes a Cubs Hitter Once Again

(thanks to aaronb for the headline, now enough with the jokes)

The Cubs shortstop phenom Starlin Castro has been accused of sexual assaulting a woman last fall. The event occurred on September 29th, right after the Cubs season ended and Castro flew back to the Dominican Republic.

She claims that she was drinking with friends at a River North nightclub on the night of Sept. 29 when she met Castro.

Sources say she and a friend left the bar at 3 a.m. and went to the 21-year-old Castro’s apartment on State Street nearby.

According to the police report, the alleged victim said she blacked out.

She told police she came to, and found the alleged offender – Castro, according to our sources – sexually assaulting her.

The heavily redacted police report offers little information.

It says that when she woke up she screamed and yelled at her alleged attacker, and left the apartment at about 5:30 a.m. getting a ride home from her friend.

It would be 12 hours before the alleged victim would go to a hospital, and police would become involved.

By then, it is believed that Castro was on a plane, heading home to the Dominican Republic for the off-season.

At the moment, Castro is just wanted for questioning and no charges have been filed. The appropriate denials and press releases have already been filed by the Cubs and the attorneys.

We are aware of certain allegations that have been made against our client, Starlin Castro. We have thoroughly investigated this matter, and we are confident that these allegations are baseless. Given the sensitive nature of this matter, we cannot comment any further.

We are aware that a police report was filed regarding an incident involving Starlin, but we have received limited information. While this is something we take very seriously, there is not enough information to make any further comment or take action at this time. We are hopeful when the facts are brought to light, Starlin will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”

Well the Cubs have that right, "there is not enough information to make any further comment...at this time". But I will say this, no one but Castro, the woman and maybe the other people in that apartment know what happened. And while I certainly hope this doesn't affect my favorite team, I hope more that justice is served. I have no idea what kind of person Castro is and I'm not going to give him the benefit of the doubt because he wears blue pinstripes and can hit a major league fastball. Maybe this is all a big misunderstanding, maybe this woman sees a chance to make some money off a professional athlete (although Castro doesn't really make that much right now), maybe Castro is piece of shit that raped a drunk girl. Whatever the case ends up being, I just hope the truth wins out in the end.

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I just hope it's not true. The baby-faced ace hitter? That sucks. If it is true, it will be hard to prove, as these cases often are. It's crazy for me to even imagine why a kid with the whole world at his fingertips would find it necessary to do this, but I tend to believe the woman in a situation like this.

Well said and I am in complete agreement. Hopefully justice is served in the correct way.

I've read a lot of nuttiness about what Soriano was worth, but Phil Rogers gets the prize:

Roberts played only 39 games last season, but the Orioles are hoping he bounces back in 2012. He is owed $10 million for each of the next two seasons. A reasonable deal could have the Cubs sending Soriano and $9 million (half of Soriano’s 2013 salary) to Baltimore for Roberts and a prospect or two.

Let's say Soriano had a two-year contract worth $20 million instead of three years for $54. Would the Orioles trade Roberts straight up for Soriano in that case? Why then would they take Rogers' deal and pay an extra $25 million while also throwing in prospects?

According to Cot's, Roberts has full no-trade protection for 2012.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensatio...

I realize that Soriano has the same clause, but Roberts is a fixture in Baltimore and unlike Sori, has zero incentive to waive his no-trade.

I also doubt that the Orioles see any value in swapping a still-valuable asset like Roberts for Sori, who is as best, a salary dump.

Nick Cafardo tweeting...tell the bahstahd to stay away from the Cubs news. Bruce Levine/Miles where the hell are you?

http://twitter.com/nickcafardo/status/1553542...

Nick Cafardo
Not done yet, but Cubs getting closer on a one-year deal for Kerry Wood.

Call me a cynic, but the timing of the feel-good signing of Wood on the heeels of the Castro story smacks of PR spin.

I realize that having Woody signed before the Convention was a foregone conclusion, but timing of this signing today would have to raise a few eyebrows...

There is such a thing as being responsible for your own actions. She drank herself into insensibility and then went to a man's apartment at 3 AM. If being drunk makes her not responsible for her actions, wouldn't being drunk do the same for Castro?

Well, you can make logical arguments for that, I guess. But if I got drunk in some dude's house and he raped my ass I'd be pretty pissed.

I understand your comment, but isn't that the same as, "Any girl that wears revealing clothing is asking for it."?

I think this situation is different (though as stated here it sounded that way). What concerns me (and perhaps why charges haven't been filed yet) is the fact that if she was "blacked out" (as opposed to passed out, conscious or asleep) she may have been literally participating in that altered state of consciousness ...

Akin to being in a blackout, arguing and perhaps punching a friend, grabbing one's keys and driving off. Then you come out of blackout lost and driving an hour later and blame your friends. Blackouts are an altered state and make this curious.

HOWEVER if she was asleep, or if witnesses say she was resisting etc etc he deserves everything he gets. Precious few details - but the little out there strikes me as odd. I've never heard anyone wake up from a blackout in this situation. If she was consenting in the blackout state and changed her tune upon coming-to, you've got a lot of confusion.

I don't think being drunk and going to an apartment is equal to giving permission to getting fucked while being passed out.

We barely know the details yet or what's true, if she screamed realizing what's happening that's a pretty big tip-off that something was happening that she didn't want and that's a crime. She went to the hospital and there will be evidence from that, one way or another.

She could be making it all up.

Or it could be somewhere in between.

She also went to the apartment with a friend and was apparently asleep when this thing happened. Nothing out yet that she was romantically involved with Castro in any way shape or form.

**Major Disclaimer about not knowing all the facts, blah blah blah."

I'd say being at Castro's apartment at 3AM is "romantically involved." Dude's not running a youth hostel, so I'm not sure what she thought she was going to do there if not something "romantic."

If we're assuming (big assumption) that he stopped doing whatever he was doing when she resisted/yelled stop, that's at least some indication that he didn't intend to rape her, right?

Maybe I'm just rationalizing because I don't want it to be true. If this was Ryan Braun I'd probably be ready to throw the book at him.

I'd say being at Castro's apartment at 3AM is "romantically involved."

it could mean she was drunk, they made out and she passed out too. All kinds of possibilities. It certainly doesn't automatically mean, yes, I'll fuck you.

Maybe she did, I don't know, and she may the one in the wrong here, but the entitled athlete that things he can do as he pleases certainly wouldn't surprise me either.

There must be some major gaps or problems with her story if Castro hasn't been actively pursued for questioning and/or arrest. I'd imagine that the account given by the "friend" mentioned in the piece may have undercut the accuser's story. And contrary to what the article suggests, Castro has been in Chicago since 9/29.

And contrary to what the article suggests, Castro has been in Chicago since 9/29.

if that's true, then you make a good point.

Here's an article that mentions Castro meeting with Theo & Co in Chicago in mid-November:

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

Possible that he came and left with nobody being the wiser, but I have to imagine the CPD and/or Cook County ASA would have been looking to interview or apprehend him by that point if they felt there was a very strong case.

all hopefully true for Castro's sake...

cops could be Cubs fans too :)

I think there's an IQ ceiling for who can be a cop, so likely sox fans

If this happened to Starlin Castro while he was in the minor leagues at Mesa or Daytona, I would say his chances of getting convicted and going to prison (and/or deported) were pretty good.

But with the lawyers he has now, I would expect to see a civil lawsuit filed, and then the criminal charges will be dropped because the victim will refuse to testify, and then the victim will receive an undisclosed financial settlement.

Like the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case in Colorado a few years ago.

But I suspect Castro might be on the receiving end of some ballpark protests next season. And ne might not win the Roberto Clemente Award anytime soon.

I hope his legal defense is better than his on-the-field defense.

I just caught this. "+1"

Meh, it was low-hanging fruit.

PWSullivan Paul Sullivan
Cubs get Rizzo from Padres for Cashner in 4-player deal.
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#Cubs get 1B Anthony Rizzo and P prospect Zach Cates for Andrew Cashner and OF prospect Kyung-Min Na in trade with Padres

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holy shit.

Hats off to you. Was just going to post.

Man, Theo does not like the Cubs minor league system.

Seems like management really believes that Cashner is a bullpen guy and not a starter.

Also looks like the Cubs are out on Fielder.

I don't understand why there was all this confusion among the Cubs front office about Cashner's role. The guy was a closer in college. If he had the chops to handle starting, wouldn't he have been a starter at that earlier age while he theoretically was younger and stronger and able to handle starting duties?

developing a top of the rotation arm is far too valuable to give up on...the Cubs are not unique in wanting to see if it worked out. Going back to the pen is a pretty easy switch. It was worth the shot.

It's not like relievers don't blow out their arms.

Get to work ROB G! Trailers can wait! New post! Info! ;)

Rizzo is a Cub (Cashner gone)! Link to follow. Whoah!

Slow, man.

See above.

I know!! iPhone refresh ... Derrr - get me to a hotspot! I've never been good with the thumbs! EXCITED about trade!

Would have been nice to get Headley in this deal as well. Overall I like the deal.

Even though 2012 is going to be epic terrible roster wise.

Zach Cates is in the deal as well. A young starting pitcher who CAN ACTUALLY STICK IN THE ROTATION!!!!

Basically we traded a bullpen arm and an organizational Outfielder for a solid 1st base prospect and a good young starting prospect.

WIN

Wow. The only Wilken draft choice left on the team is Barney.

Does anyone know anything about this Zach Cates kid?

3rd round pick out of Arkansas HS (Texas JC) in 2010. Looks like a strong kid. Held up in 25 starts last year. K-9 looks pretty good, but also had 4.0 BB-9.

So my guess is a power starting arm with some command issues.

Hopefully AZ Phil is working on something right now.

Other than Garza, is there ONE power arm left in the org from AA on?

AZ PHIL: Anything on Cates? Rizzo? Have you had a chance to see either?

Simpson, Wells, Wood(travis), and now Cates. The cubs are loading up on Arkansas guys.

JD approves!

I wonder if Wells and Cates ever faced off against each other in high school. Conway and Bryant do play each other.

Are you from Arkansas JD?

I live there(here). I call it home.

Good to see another Southerner on here. I'm a Memphis guy myself.

I canoe the Spring River out of Hardy a few times each summer since I've been back in Memphis. Beautiful country out there.

What's your favorite barbecue joint?

I like Tom's over on Getwell and Raines. But there are plenty of quality spots all over town.

Perfect, it's right by the airport. Everytime I fly thru Memphis on my way to Mississippi I try two new BBQ restaurants. One coming in and one leaving.

Thanks!

I know the area around Hardy very well. My grandparents still live up there and I spent my high school years in Horseshoe Bend, which is pretty close to the Hardy/Cherokee Village/Highland/Ash Flat area. It wasn't a bad place to be at all.

It's a cheap trip for everyone and a good excuse to get the old gang back together. I'd definitely recommend taking the 9 mile run out of Many Islands if you are into that kind thing.

the fact that Hoyer and McLeod know the Padres system so well means Cates was acquired with substantial insight.

I've been waiting for them to acquire some of the talent they left behind in SD or BOS. This is the first deal akin to Dallas Green's moves for Moreland/Noles for Krukow or the even bigger Sandberg and Bowa for DeJesus.

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 3 min 58 sec ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 4 min 30 sec ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 28 min 49 sec ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 32 min 10 sec ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 14 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 12 min ago view