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08:16 AM ET 09.07 | Mike Quade "made his boldest move yet" on Monday, benching Starlin Castro after he reportedly forgot how many outs there were during a Sunday at-bat. Instead of downplaying the mental gaffe, Quade opted to teach Castro a lesson in hopes that it won't happen again. "Every so often it's better for a player to observe than participate," Quade said. "I thought he really should watch a game or so and sit with some very smart people on my staff and kind of keep an eye on things and maybe reflect a little bit. He's had so much thrown at him, but I think sometimes step back, take a look at things, give a guy a couple days ... lapses of concentration and stuff, maybe he can reflect on."

Chicago Tribune

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September 7, 2010  08:55 AM ET

It's easy to bench a 20 year old kid. Bench one of the vastly underachieving veterans, then I'll be impressed.

September 7, 2010  09:25 AM ET
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It's easy to bench a 20 year old kid. Bench one of the vastly underachieving veterans, then I'll be impressed.

Good point. Plus, for a 20 year old counting to 3 is so hard. Once you've made the All Star team 2 or 3 times and are making at least $5 million it gets a little easier............but only a little.

September 7, 2010  09:30 AM ET

You're right on the mark 10R. Soriano played completely lackadaisically, as usual, in left field yesterday. Let's see if he gets benched. Soto blew another pitch out with the runner stealing second. At least the third time he has failed on a pitch out this year. There were a couple of a strikeouts caused by repeated failures trying to bunt. The Cubbies are just plain awful when it comes to fundamentals. (Don't Ryno and the Cubs minor league coaches teach fundamentals?)

September 7, 2010  09:52 AM ET

Come on guys, if he benched everyone who didn't play hard for the team right now, they would need to call up the AAA team to replace em all, since the entire roster right now isn't even trying

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September 7, 2010  10:56 AM ET

Move not so bold. Should be done more often to more guys.

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September 7, 2010  11:27 AM ET
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In any case, it's good to see some one else's picture as Cubs manager. I was so tired of looking at that fat pig bellied sad sack mope Lou Piniella, slumping around the dugout looking worn out, clueless and throughly beaten by this train wreck team. The team has no doubt seemed to respond since he has mercifully left town.

If the Cubs can't win with Pinella they were doing something wrong, and they were.

September 7, 2010  11:40 AM ET

The reason he benched Castro and not Soriano or one of the other loafin' bums (and I'm speculating here) is that they are lost causes, immovable contracts and dead wood. This kid represents the future. And even if 20 of the 'old' players on the roster stink to high heaven on a block of ice, you can try and protect the future.

So basically, the message is "See those guys? They're dead men walking who will never win anything and will never be signed by another team once we're free of them. DON'T be those guys, kid."

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September 7, 2010  11:45 AM ET
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Well, this team was basically uncoachable for any manager with it's hodgepodge of non producing veterans. Their non existant run production killed the team right from the start.

I think that is about right.

September 7, 2010  12:14 PM ET

QUADE!!!....start the reactor!!!!

September 7, 2010  12:15 PM ET
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QUADE!!!....start the reactor!!!!

Get your ast to Mars.

September 7, 2010  12:19 PM ET

Good move. This is one of those moves that gets a young player's attention in a hurry. Come to the game prepared and focused.

September 7, 2010  12:34 PM ET
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Get your ast to Mars.

Thank god somebody got it!

September 7, 2010  01:48 PM ET

Too BAD this RE RE AIRED his LAUNDRY to the press, couldajust said kid needed a few days off, hurt his knee, anything BUT DONT AIRE TEAMS ISSUE'S in MEDIA.. This kid is a Dominican, they like most Latin players have ego's and a MACHISMO thing, he most likely feels " Disrespected". I would bet the House he will not be the MANAGER afterthis season, Dumb, DUMB MOVE. I learned that basic leadership RULE while in Primary Leadership Dev School in the Army before I made Sgt, basic ruleofleader is first try to privately solve an issue, big MISTAKE..Point about the Army leadershipcourse was i was 22 and i learned that, what,did this guy just fall into the Dugout during a Cubbies Game or is this a Crazy Promo by the Cubs,I know he was a FAN, and looked like Qaude so they are allowing an imposter "Fan Gimmick Winner" to manage for rest of 2010.

September 7, 2010  01:49 PM ET

Too BAD this RE RE AIRED his LAUNDRY to the press, couldajust said kid needed a few days off, hurt his knee, anything BUT DONT AIRE TEAMS ISSUE'S in MEDIA.. This kid is a Dominican, they like most Latin players have ego's and a MACHISMO thing, he most likely feels " Disrespected". I would bet the House he will not be the MANAGER afterthis season, Dumb, DUMB MOVE. I learned that basic leadership RULE while in Primary Leadership Dev School in the Army before I made Sgt, basic ruleofleader is first try to privately solve an issue, big MISTAKE..Point about the Army leadershipcourse was i was 22 and i learned that, what,did this guy just fall into the Dugout during a Cubbies Game or is this a Crazy Promo by the Cubs,I know he was a FAN, and looked like Qaude so they are allowing an imposter "Fan Gimmick Winner" to manage for rest of 2010.

 
September 7, 2010  02:08 PM ET

Good for him. now on to the other 20 players.

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