Epstein: Value Lessons to Be Part of Spring Training

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations says players need to know how to behave on, off the field

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    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations said a part of spring training will be instilling values on how players should behave off the field as well as on it. (Published Friday, Jan 13, 2012)

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations said a part of spring training will be instilling values on how players should behave off the field as well as on it.

    "There's a great responsibility with being a major league player, and an even higher standard for being a Chicago Cub, and it's an important part of the equation, and we have a responsibility, too, to make sure our players know what's acceptable and not acceptable," Epstein said Friday at the Cubs Convention.

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    Without mentioning him by name, the comment was clearly in reference to shortstop Starlin Castro, who was interviewed Thursday night in connection with a sexual assault complaint filed by a Chicago woman last September.

    Castro and the Cubs have both said there's nothing to the charges. Still, Epstein said he wants to make sure all players are on the up-and-up.

    He said players should start getting that education, however, when they're in the minor leagues "while they're still kids."