The American League Rookie of the Year in 1979, Castino played for six seasons in the majors, hitting .278 with 41 home runs. His career was cut short by back problems that forced him to retire in 1984, but in the five full seasons he played he was one of the better infielders in the league. He entered the majors with a bang in 1979, hitting .285 to win top rookie honors. He posted a career high in home runs (13) the following year while hitting .302. He led the league in triples (9) in 1981, then hit another 11 home runs in 1983. He played in just eight games in 1984 before having to quit.
Castino shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1979 with Toronto Blue Jay Alfredo Griffin.
On May 15, 1979, in the sixth inning of the Twins’ game with the Texas Rangers, Castino sent a shot to centerfield off Rangers’ pitcher Sparky Lyle. He then dashed around the bases, eventually scoring an inside-the-park home run. It was the first of his career.
John Castino – career stats