If young fans want to know how to continue to play consistent baseball, they should watch Miami Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro.
Starlin Castro has proven if you continue to do the same things over and over again, you will have a solid career in the Majors. The Miami Marlins second baseman once again is about to post his 130th hit of the season, the ninth consecutive time he has done that on the professional level.
Despite a 47-68 record this season and the desire to play somewhere else after being trade this offseason by the New York Yankees, Castro leads the Marlins with 127 hits this season, and has played solid defense in a lineup where youth is paramount and veteran leadership is mandatory.
"“He’s a day in and day out grinder,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, via the Miami Herald. “He’s been a good example for our guys because he’s a worker. It’s not so much that he’s working extra hard or extra long, it’s because he has his routine and he stays with it.“Guys that have success have their routines. It’s their security blanket. It’s where they go every day. They’re going to do their drills whether things are going good or going bad. And that’s been a great thing to show our guys.”"
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The model of consistency is not lost on the young players on this team. Brian Anderson is just one hit behind him for second on the roster with 126. If leading by example is the way to play this game, then Castro is one of the best teachers on the Major League level.
Castro has bough into the Marlins blue print of building for the future and has become a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.
"Per Andre C. Fernandez, “If Castro surpasses the 130-hit mark, he will do so for the ninth consecutive time to start his career. According to Stats LLC, that would make him only the sixth player that has debuted in the past 20 years to do so joining Carlos Lee (14 seasons in a row), Robinson Cano (13), Ichiro Suzuki (13), Albert Pujols (12) and Mark Teixeira (9).”"
That’s pretty good company to be in.
This may be Castro’s last season in Miami. He earns $10 million this season and $11 million next season.
If he is still on the roster following next season, the Marlins will need to decide whether to pay him the $16 million he is owed for 2020.
The Marlins have Isan Diaz at Triple-A New Orleans who could be part of the roster next season.
Castro has the second most hits of any second baseman in the National League, trailing only Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds who has 130 hits. Both are tied for the league lead with 37 multi-hit games.