Starlin Castro activated from the bereavement list

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro flew home to the Dominican Republic last Wednesday following the death of his cousin and three close friends in a car wreck. He is back in the Cubs’ lineup Tuesday, having been activated from the bereavement list, but will be playing with a heavy heart in the Cubs’ series-opener at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

“It’s a really tough time, man,” Castro told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday. “The only guy that knows [why] is God. He knows how things happen. I had to be there no matter what, to go there and take that time. But I’m happy to get back. I’m feeling bad, but I’m here and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.”

The 24-year-old is having a resurgent 2014 campaign, batting .284/.333/.429 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 125 games after batting just .245/.284/.347 with 10 home runs and…

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Ca-No Chance At A Title Anytime Soon

Now this isn’t coming from a bitter place. I’m not torn apart or disgruntled by the
fact that Robinson Cano left the Yankees for Seattle. This is merely me giving my
opinion on the facts presented in front of me. One of Cano’s reasons for
leaving the Bronx was because of wanting to be a franchise player. In Seattle
that will without a doubt be a reality for Cano. But winning a world championship
is far out of Cano’s reach on the Mariners. The Mariners are smack dab in the
middle of a very competitive American League West division. Texas and Oakland are
contenders, with Anaheim right behind them. Cano just is not enough to overcome
the talent of those teams. Cano was not good because only because he played
with star players. However, he will need some help to overcome the American
League West. Something that just is not available in Seattle just yet.

And then there was none.

No more trots out to shortstop. No more hearing the voice of Bob Shepard. No more plays made that should not have been made. No more jump throws. No more dives into the first row of Yankee stadium. No more clutch hits. No more postseason heroics. No more Mr. November. No more dynasty. No more core four. No more Captain. No more number 2.