Thursday, October 7, 2010

Starlin Castro Joins Some Pretty Exclusive Company

I saw this fact over at BleedcubbieBlue.

The Cubs 20-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro hit .300 this season.

There have been only seven other players in MLB history that hit .300 as a 20-year-old. And the list contains some pretty impressive names.

Alex Rodriguez tore up the American League in 1996 with his .358 average.

Tiger great Al Kaline led the AL in 1955 by hitting .340.

Vada Pinson hit .316 in 1959.

Orlando Cepeda hit .312 and won the National League Rookie of the Year.

The Mick hit .311 in 1952.

Claudell Washington posted a .308 average with Oakland in 1975.

Ken Griffey, Jr. hit .300 in 1990.

I hope Castro's career ends up like any of the other guys except one....Claudell Washington. Claudell spent some time on the south side and did not impress Sox fans. His lackadaisical play inspired one of the all time great fan banners. It read, "Washington Slept Here." The Sox Supporters that hung out in the left field lower deck grandstands came up with some pretty good banners in '70's, but that was my favorite.

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