That's a nice number there, Starlin Castro.
Probably he gets it in St. Louis this weekend, and good for him.
For grins, I compared numbers between Starlin and another shortstop, Ernie Banks.
Guess who kicks ass?
But the reason I did it was because Ernie, in his first two years as a Cub shortstop made 56 errors.
And I thought well, Starlin with "only" 55 (so far) in his first two seasons - I mean, Ernie turned out to be a pretty good shortstop and so who cares about Starlin's errors?
But then there's this, and somebody's got to explain it to me.
In 1954, Ernie turned 105 double plays. He had 475 assists, 312 put outs. In 154 games.
In '55 it was 102 double plays, 482 assists and 290 put outs, again in 154 games.
In 2010, Starlin turned 74 double plays, had 334 assists and 183 put outs in 123 games.
This year he's turned 79 double plays, 428 assists and 261 put outs.
Dude, what was going on in the '50s that would cause Ernie to have that many more assists and especially double plays than Starlin in the '10s?
I don't have a clue - did batters just used to hit a ton more grounders?
Anyway, kinda freaked me out.
But back to Starlin, hats off to you, kid.
That's a really nice accomplishment and I hope you get a ton more seasons like it.
Okay next, the WriteGirl auction.
It ends tomorrow at 5.
The stakes just went up when I got an email this morning from long time Cubby Blue reader Greg Taucher.
It's now up to $500 and thanks so much Greg!
Again, a really good cause and art by the most famous blogging artist Cub fan you guys know.
All the details are in this post.