We can all admit that when we heard Jim Tracy name Jose Bautista the starting third baseman, we were a bit surprised.
I thought---as did many members of the blogosphere---that the Spring Training competition between the Joses was all for show. Bautista, to me, projects as a more useful super-utility player than an everyday starter (at least at this stage in his career). Castillo's been a semi-regular contributor in the starting lineup since 2004, and it's a shame to give up on a 25-year-old with 1,200 major-league at bats under his belt.
As Pat said to Steeltown Mike:
It seems like a lot of times you come into Spring Training and the manger says there's going to be a competition for a job, and he's just trying to light a fire under somebody, and I thought that was the case with Castillo....
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.