Coming off a five-game suspension for praising Fidel Castro, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had something nice say about another Castro – Starlin Castro. During a recent session with reporters, Guillen said that he envisioned the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop having a very successful career in the pros.
“He’s going to have a chance to make a lot of money,” the controversial skipper said (via the Daily Herald). “This kid, the way he plays, the way he handles himself, is pretty good.”
Even though the 22-year-old is still a little rough around the edges and prone to making mistakes, Guillen foresees that not being a major problem. When asked if he saw Castro as an MVP-caliber star in baseball, he didn’t hesitate:
“Yes, because he can do a lot of things,” he said. “He’s got 7 stolen bases. He’s got power. He’s going to hit for average. I hope he doesn’t beat my guy, the third baseman (Hanley Ramirez). This kid (Castro) is definitely going to be one of the top players in the National League. There’s no doubt, if he stays healthy.”
Guillen will probably not face any backlash for this latest Castro-related opinion. Then again, with him, you never know.
(Kudos to Deadspin for the find)