Chicago Cubs: Remembering some of the controversial Cubs of recent years

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 21: Starlin Castro
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 21: Starlin Castro /

Starlin Castro

Castro represents perhaps the biggest love-hate player in Cubs’ history. There really was no in-between. Castro first came up in 2010, and made an impact his very first game, setting the Major League record for most RBI in a debut, with six, including a three-run home run in his very first at bat.

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Later in the game, he hit a bases-clearing triple, for his other three runs batted in. During his time with the Cubs, Castro was a three time All-Star, and he led the league in hits in 2011 as a 21-year old.

Cubs’ fans gripes of “laziness” on the defensive side of the ball mounted quickly. Castro always had a reputation for making the tough plays, and booting the routine ones. This is something that always “clouded” his time in Chicago.

Prior to the 2016 season, Castro was traded to the Yankees, in exchange for Adam Warren, freeing up some money for the Cubs to sign Ben Zobrist.

Castro made another All-Star team this year with the Yankees. He has dealt with a lingering hamstring issue this season, though, and is currently on the disabled list.