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Vinny Castilla

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Vinny Castilla

PLAYING CAREER: A club original and one of the most popular players in franchise history, Vinny Castilla returns for another season as a special assistant...returned to Denver in mid-August of 2006 and finished his playing career with the Rockies...selected by the Rockies in the 1992 Expansion Draft, Castilla played for Colorado's inaugural club in 1993 and was a two-time All-Star over eight seasons with the organization...he was one of the National League's most productive hitters over a five-year span from 1995-99, during which he averaged 183 hits, 38 home runs and 112 RBI per season...he played in 98 percent of Colorado's games over those five years (778 of 792) and is still the only Rockie to start all 162 games in a single season, accomplishing that feat in 1998...compiled three straight 40-homer seasons from 1996-98, one of just nine players in National League history to do that...his string of five-straight 30-homer campaigns from 1995-99 still ranks as the third-most ever by a third baseman...only Eddie Mathews (nine, 1953-61) and Mike Schmidt (eight, 1979-84, 86-87) had more...Castilla was a part of only the second foursome to ever hit 30 home runs in the same year (1995) and only the second threesome to hit 40 HR in the same season (1996)...Vinny had 306 career home runs as a third baseman, eighth-most in Major League history...the Oaxaca, Mex. native finished as MLB's all-time leader among Mexican-born players in home runs (320), hits (1,884), runs (902), RBI (1,105) and doubles (349) Rockies history, Castilla ranks third in games (1,098) and home runs (239), and ranks fourth in RBI (745), hits (1,206) and doubles (208)...had 32 multi-homer games, including a franchise-record 27 as a Rockie...he joins Todd Helton as the only players in franchise history with six seasons of 30 or more home runs...his 916 starts at third base in purple pinstripes is also a club record...Castilla owned a .350 career postseason average with five home runs and 12 RBI, including a .467 (7-for-13) clip with three homers and six RBI for Colorado in the 1995 NLDS.

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