Last time Castro made a big blunder - forgetting how many outs there were - Sveum talked to him, and then Sveum said next mental mistake he'd sit Castro.
Castro made two more big blunders. He "didn't know where the ball was" while running the bases, and he let a ball roll right between his legs (17th error of the season for Castro). Sveum, the great disciplinarian, "thought about" sitting Castro, but ended up talking to him.
Dale promises "next time" it happens he'll sit Castro. Problem is he said the same thing last time it happened. "Next time" never comes. When new guys take over they do what they're going to do immediately. From the start this new regime has been lenient and has allowed sloppy play. That's how it's going to be.
If there's no consequence for bad blunders then players will keep making them.
The more I think about it,the more I agree with IMgenius.
Barney to SS and Valbuena to 2b.
As an outsider watching yesterday's game, here is what I would have done if I were one of the owners (and I was in town and at the ball park).
I would have gone into the Club House and laid down the law. I would have said, "it was nice that you guys tried to come back. HOWEVER, it shouldn't have had to come to that. Five Errors on defense and at least two more base running Errors for a total of three Runs GIVEN to the Reds and at least two Runs taken away from our team is unacceptable. Played the right way, we should have won the game 10 to 7.
I know we have a losing record and I know the Post Season is out of reach BUT that is NO EXCUSE for what happened out on the field today. Everyone on this team is on notice. Play better or don't play at all.
There are guys playing for a shot at going to another team and there are guys playing in hopes of getting a big contract. Well, guess what? Sitting on the bench or playing in the Minors is NOT the way to get another team to trade for you or to get paid a large sum of money.
I don't accept this poor play and the fans sure as heck don't pay their money to come out and watch this type of stuff. Same goes for the poor decision making by the Manager and Coaches."
Then I would walk out the door without saying another thing.
lol wait coming from you!! Thanks I needed that laugh.
What detractors are you talking about? Well besides you.
Is he really Frank?
GO CUBS 2012!!!!!
Okay then...send a message to the other 24 guys that if you screw up, you don't play the next day.
Brilliant. That's how to build a clubhouse. You really think - you REALLY THINK......that Dale Sveum wants to start his managing career by being unplayable for.
I'm completely the opposite. I think you keep coaching this kid until he gets it. Too much talent to ruin through bullying, and that's exactly what you're suggesting.
Castro and anyone else would quit on Dale if Dale goes hard core the way you suggest.
Your team continues to lose and they continue to make the SAME mistakes. So, it is obvious that they are not listening to the Manager or Coaches and are playing the wya they want to play, no matter what.
There is no accountability for making the SAME mistakes over and over.
Castro makes a mental mistake, gets "talked to" and then........? Nothing.
At some point, the owner NEEDS to step in and make it KNOWN that players are going to be held accountable.
I don't know what job you have but I am pretty sure if YOU made the SAME mistakes over and over, you would first get "talked to" and then you would get fired.
With Castro, he KNOWS nothing is going to happen because he is young, talented and inexpensive. He feels entitled to his starting job and isn't scared of Sveum's empty "threats".
Again, if an owner aims for his wallet, I am pretty sure Castro (and others) will pay attention. If not, then they are hopeless and need to be shipped out.
If they make the same mistake over and over or if they continue to make mental mistakes, then yes.
Wouldn't YOU get fired if YOU made the same mistakes over and over or if YOU continued to make mental mistakes? I know I would.