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Episode 1: Fall of Rusney Castillo

I just want to point out that this articles information is not up to date. The reason I have posted this is because I plan on writing a series on multiple players, possibly for all major sports on players just like Castillo. It would have been a shame if the article that got me on this track was missed, so I would like to include it as Episode 1, or a prelude to the rest of the series.

Every year a prized prospect is drafted. Most won’t even make it to the majors. Some falter early on and don’t even make it past double A. No one ever bats an eye at this. International Free Agency is the same way except the danger of picking wrong is a whole lot more and a failure in the international market can be disastrous. Need proof? Ask the Red Sox, who in 2014 signed Rusney Castillo for 72.5M dollars out of Cuba. He has struggled to earn a spot on the team and in 2017 it’s all but a guarantee that he will be beginning the year in the minors unless something disastrous happens to their starting three of Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. looking to all build off of a spectacular start as a crew together.

So you have to ask what exactly spent the once promising prospect into baseball purgatory. In his first year in Boston he was looking like everything Ben Cherington told the fans that they’d be getting. In a small sample size he had 12 hits in 10 games, including 3 home runs and going into the 2015 season he was fully in the Boston plans. Then everything halted, he hit a meager .253 in 2015 and only 5 home runs in 289 plate appearances. Not exactly what Boston was hoping for; In 2016 He went into Spring Training battling Boston utility man Brock Holt for the left field spot; and after another poor showing for Rusney, Brock easily won the job going into the 2016 season.

In 2016 Rusney hit .250 in 9 games before finally being out righted off of the 40 man roster. Clearly with as much as he has remaining on his contract he sailed through waivers and right to the minor leagues where he continued his poor season of hitting .263/.317/.354. And then down the stretch Andrew Benintendi claimed the starting role in Left Field, and with his face as being the left fielder of the future and two other young stars in the other two positions. The once promising Rusney Castillo is now on the outside looking in and he has done nothing but hurt his cause.

He currently has 32.5M remaining through 2019 and a player option worth 13.5M for 2020. This isn’t good for him as that all but eliminates him from even being the back up for Boston as calling him up would instantly put them into the Luxury tax something they severely want to avoid going into the 2017 season. Plus his attitude hasn’t been the most stellar walking into 2017 season as manager John Farrell was very critical of the now 29 year old prospect’s lack of discipline. Rusney hit a routine ground ball to short stop that was turned into an easy double play after he slowly jogged down the line.

For a man with few options left he should be putting as much effort in as possible in redeeming himself, if not for Boston but for another team that might be willing to take a chance on him if Boston is willing to cover 70% of his salary. His eyes are clearly not on the prize and some are wondering how long Boston is willing to stick with him. For the record, Dave Dombrowski has stated he will let Rusney stay in the minors as he hopes he can figure it out for them rather than another team, but eventually they might just cut their losses if he continues on the track he has been on.

-TC Hanky

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    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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