|Third baseman / Second baseman|
October 23, 1954 |
|April 6, 1979, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 7, 1984, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||249|
|Career highlights and awards|
John Anthony Castino (born October 23, 1954) 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.
Castino graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka. Castino attended and played baseball for Rollins College, located in Winter Park, Florida. He is considered the best player in Rollins history.
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. He played well 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.
The next season, Castino hit a career-high .302. A good fielder, he switched to second base in 1982 and led the league's second basemen in fielding percentage that year. However, Castino started to suffer from chronic back pain, and his career was cut short in 1984 by a fused disc in his back. He played his final game with the Twins on May 7, 1984.
After his baseball career ended, Castino went back to college to get his degree and later became an investment advisor. In 2010, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in Minnesota Twins history.