I have decided to start this page to keep readers as up-to-date as possible on all of the different ways in which Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is trying to go (boldly or not) where no one has gone before. Some of this is deadly serious; some of it is admittedly absurd. But Castro is so good, and so prolific, at hitting for average that it’ll be fun to at least keep tabs on this.
As of Apr 25, 9:30 am, amid a very rough stretch for the young athlete:
Pete Rose (as of age 21)*: 0
Rose (through 147 career games): 158
Robin Yount (as of age 21 season): 570
Billy Williams (as of age 21 season)**: 5
*Rose went on to set the all-time career hits record with 4,256.
**Williams went on to set the Cubs’ all-time career hits record with 2,510.
Ichiro Suzuki, 2004 (through 22 games)*: 25
Rogers Hornsby, 1929 (through 22 games)**: 26
Lloyd Waner, 1927 (through 22 games)***: 21
*Suzuki set the all-time single-season hits record that year with 262.
**Hornsby set the Cubs’ all-time single-season record for hits that year with 229.
***Waner set the all-time single-season hits record for players in their age-21 season that year with 223.