The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the passing of former player Bobby Castillo on Monday. The right-handed pitcher played six seasons for the Dodgers, from 1977-1981 and 1985, which was his last season in the Major Leagues. Castillo lost his life battling cancer at the age of 59 in a Los Angeles hospital.
Castillo was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Born in Los Angeles, California, he attended Lincoln High School and Los Angeles Valley College. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 1974 amateur draft, but never played for the Royals as the Dodgers purchased his contract in 1977.
While he may not have been the best pitcher in Dodgers history, Castillo certainly made an impact on the Dodgers organization. Castillo built up a career record of 38-40 with an ERA of 3.94 in 250 games. Castillo was also part of the 1981 team that won the World Series.
Castillo was credited for teaching Fernando Valenzuela his famous screwball. Valenzuela have some kind words about his former friend and teammate:
I was very saddened to hear about Bobby’s passing this morning. He was a great teammate and friend. I’ll always be grateful for his influence on my pitching. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
His connection with the Dodgers did not end after his playing career. Castillo played a prominent role for the team with his countless visits to hospitals, holiday parties, Dodger events, and baseball clinics.
Castillo is survived by his mother, Nellie, his daughter, Mellanie, his daughter, Sara, and her husband, Andrew Sanchez, his son Robert III, and his sister, Lorraine, and her husband, Peter Gonzalez. Castillo had three nieces and nephews, nine grand nieces and nephews and two grandchildren, Jackson and Lila.
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