Note: This page links to 2000s All-Star infielder Luis Castillo. For other with the same name, click here.
Luis Antonio Castillo Donato
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 145 lb.
- Debut August 8, 1996
- Final Game October 3, 2010
- Born September 12, 1975 in San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.
Luis Castillo was an All-Star second baseman, Gold Glove winner and good leadoff hitter but also one of the worst RBI producers ever. He averaged just 42 RBI per 162 games in his career. His most remarkable season was 2000: in 539 at bats, Castillo batted .334 yet had just 17 RBIs, one of the worst RBI seasons in the history of baseball.
Through the end of the 2003 season and into 2004, he played in 69 consecutive errorless games. He had a 35-game hitting streak in 2002. In 2006 and 2007, he played in 143 consecutive errorless games, breaking Ryne Sandberg's record for second basemen by 20. Castillo's title run was much shorter than Sandberg's, as Placido Polanco passed him later in 2007; the streaks overlapped for the most part, as Castillo's was from May 30, 2006 until June 5, 2007 and Polanco's from July 1, 2006 into August 2007.
Castillo was the batter who hit the foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field that Cubs fan Steve Bartman prevented Chicago Cubs leftfielder Moises Alou from catching with the Cubs leading 3-0 and five outs away from clinching the pennant. Castillo eventually walked and scored as part of the Marlins' eight-run inning.
"What he does defensively doesn't surprise me anymore. His defense saves so many runs - it's like he gets what I call 'defensive RBI' every game." - Perry Hill
- 3-time NL All-Star (2002, 2003 & 2005)
- 3-time NL Gold Glove Winner (2003-2005)
- 2-time NL Stolen Bases Leader (2000 & 2002)
- 2-time NL Singles Leader (2000 & 2002)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2000)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 2 (1999 & 2000)
- Won two World Series with the Florida Marlins (1997 & 2003; he did not play in the 1997 World Series)