Castro has All-Star Game as annual goal

Castro has All-Star Game as annual goal

CHICAGO -- It was two years ago on May 7 that Starlin Castro made his memorable Major League debut in Cincinnati, hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat and setting a Major League record with six RBIs. Bill Dancy was the manager at Double-A Tennessee and called the shortstop with the news.

"I remember when the manager called me and told me, 'You're going to the big leagues,'" Castro said. "I was happy and like, 'Oh my God, my family will be proud of me.' I remember that day like it was yesterday. Now, it's two years ago."

And now, Castro is on the All-Star ballot for the second time. He was the Cubs' lone representative in the game last year.

"I want to be in the All-Star Game every year," Castro said. "That's why every year, I want to start hot so people will vote for me. We'll see what happens. If I play hard, we'll see what happens."

Castro entered Wednesday's game batting .347, and has reached base safely in 67 of his last 70 games, dating back to Aug. 15. He has the most multihit games in the National League since 2011 with 71. Since his debut, he has 388 hits, fourth in the Major Leagues over that span.

But this year, Castro also has made eight errors.

"That's not good for me, because I don't want to make an error," he said. "It makes me work harder at defense and keep giving 100 percent in the field."

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is third in the Majors with seven errors. And he's a two-time Gold Glove winner.

"A guy like that, he plays good at shortstop and makes an error and everybody can see it's not easy," Castro said. "You don't want to ever make an error. If it was up to me, I'd never make an error. I work hard and try to never make an error. But you don't always have control of that. Things happen in the game that you don't have control of."