Castino shared Rookie of the Year honors with Alfredo Griffin in 1979 when he hit
.285 as the Twins'third baseman. He had career highs (.302, 13 HR, 64 RBI) the next
season and led the AL in triples in 1981. Switched to second base in 1982 after the
arrival of Gary Gaetti, Castino was hobbled by chronic back pain. A fused disc ended
his career early in 1984.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»November 26, 1979: 3B John Castino, who batted .285 for the Twins, and SS Alfredo Griffin, who hit .287 for the Blue Jays, tie for the AL Rookie of the Year award, each receiving seven of the 28 votes. The two rookies share one other distinction: both of them hit their first ML homers inside-the-park. The deadlock precipitates a change in the voting system, effective in 1980.