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John Castino
Third baseman / Second baseman
Born: October 23, 1954 (1954-10-23) (age 55)
Evanston, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 6, 1979 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
May 7, 1984 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting Average     .278
Home runs     41
RBIs     249
Career highlights and awards

John Anthony Castino (born on October 23, 1954 in Evanston, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball player. Castino played as an infielder, primarily at third base and second base, with the Minnesota Twins from 1979 through 1984.

Professional career

Castino graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka. Castino attended and played baseball for Rollins College, a private, nonsectarian university located in Winter Park, Florida.

After college, Castino was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the 1976 amateur draft. Castino made his major league debut with the Twins on April 6, 1979. Castino played fairly well in the season, and ended the season with a .285 batting average and 112 hits in 148 games. His performance led him to be voted as Rookie of the Year, along with Alfredo Griffin, who he tied in voting.

Over the next few seasons, Castino switched to other fielding positions, like second base and shortstop and continued to post fairly decent stats.

Soon, Castino started to suffer from chronic back pain, and his career was cut short in 1984 by a fused disc in his back. Castino played his final game with the Minnesota Twins on May 7, 1984.

On October 11, 1985, the Minnesota Twins released John Castino.

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Preceded by
Lou Whitaker
American League Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Joe Charboneau


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