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.

Comments

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.
2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply »

BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles
#Cubs get 1B Anthony Rizzo and P prospect Zach Cates for Andrew Cashner and OF prospect Kyung-Min Na in trade with Padres

2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply »
Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal
Source: Anthony Rizzo traded to #Cubs. #Padres #MLB
2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

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.

Recent comments

The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • KKVG: Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive of the 2015-16 IFA. He has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the 2015-16 IFA position players who could. To accommodate Paredes at SS, the Cubs have been moving Andruw Monasterio (who was the #1 SS at AZL Cubs in 2015 and the presumptive Eugene SS going into Minor League Camp) around the infield (SS-2B-3B) at EXST. 

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.

  • Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...

  • nice.

    also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.

    also also, the wsox are 19-8.

  • Win tomorrow, and the Cubs would have a 6-game lead. On May 4.