Cooperstown Choices: Vinny Castilla

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.

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In this article, we take a look at Vinny Castilla

Vinny Castilla
Castilla spent most of his 16 year career manning third base. Though he debuted in 1991 with the Atlanta Braves, Castilla was most known for his time with the Colorado Rockies, the team he would eventually end his career with in 2006. This will be the first time he appears on the Hall Of Fame ballot.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1991 ATL 12 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400 11
1992 ATL 9 16 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 .250 .333 .313 .646 79
1993 COL 105 337 36 86 9 7 9 30 2 13 45 .255 .283 .404 .686 70
1994 COL 52 130 16 43 11 1 3 18 2 7 23 .331 .357 .500 .857 107
1995 COL 139 527 82 163 34 2 32 90 2 30 87 .309 .347 .564 .911 112
1996 COL 160 629 97 191 34 0 40 113 7 35 88 .304 .343 .548 .892 112
1997 COL 159 612 94 186 25 2 40 113 2 44 108 .304 .356 .547 .904 115
1998 COL 162 645 108 206 28 4 46 144 5 40 89 .319 .362 .589 .951 127
1999 COL 158 615 83 169 24 1 33 102 2 53 75 .275 .331 .478 .809 83
2000 TBD 85 331 22 73 9 1 6 42 1 14 41 .221 .254 .308 .562 43
2001 TOT 146 538 69 140 34 1 25 91 1 35 108 .260 .308 .467 .775 93
2001 TBD 24 93 7 20 6 0 2 9 0 3 22 .215 .247 .344 .592 56
2001 HOU 122 445 62 120 28 1 23 82 1 32 86 .270 .320 .492 .812 100
2002 ATL 143 543 56 126 23 2 12 61 4 22 69 .232 .268 .348 .616 60
2003 ATL 147 542 65 150 28 3 22 76 1 26 86 .277 .310 .461 .771 97
2004 COL 148 583 93 158 43 3 35 131 0 51 113 .271 .332 .535 .867 109
2005 WSN 142 494 53 125 36 1 12 66 4 43 82 .253 .319 .403 .722 93
2006 TOT 87 275 26 63 10 0 5 27 0 9 49 .229 .258 .320 .578 53
2006 SDP 72 254 24 59 10 0 4 23 0 9 46 .232 .260 .319 .579 54
2006 COL 15 21 2 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 3 .190 .227 .333 .561 37
16 Seasons 1854 6822 902 1884 349 28 320 1105 33 423 1069 .276 .321 .476 .797 95
162 Game Avg. 162 596 79 165 30 2 28 97 3 37 93 .276 .321 .476 .797 95
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
COL (9 yrs) 1098 4099 611 1206 208 20 239 745 22 273 631 .294 .340 .530 .870 106
ATL (4 yrs) 311 1106 123 281 52 5 34 138 5 49 161 .254 .289 .402 .692 78
TBD (2 yrs) 109 424 29 93 15 1 8 51 1 17 63 .219 .253 .316 .569 45
SDP (1 yr) 72 254 24 59 10 0 4 23 0 9 46 .232 .260 .319 .579 54
WSN (1 yr) 142 494 53 125 36 1 12 66 4 43 82 .253 .319 .403 .722 93
HOU (1 yr) 122 445 62 120 28 1 23 82 1 32 86 .270 .320 .492 .812 100
NL (15 yrs) 1745 6398 873 1791 334 27 312 1054 32 406 1006 .280 .325 .487 .812 98
AL (2 yrs) 109 424 29 93 15 1 8 51 1 17 63 .219 .253 .316 .569 45
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/18/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Castilla made two appearances at the All Star Game, garnered three Silver Slugger awards, and was in the top 25 in the Most Valuable Player award four times in his career. In the early days of the franchise, Castilla was one of the most recognizable Rockies and gave the team a legitimate threat in Colorado and elsewhere.

Why He Should Not Get In
While Castilla’s numbers are just outside of Hall Of Fame credentials, they will be further discounted due to his extended playing time and great years while playing at Coors Field. Even if the voters could take away the high altitude inflated numbers, his 320 home runs, 1105 runs batted in and 1884 hits will leave him to go to Cooperstown as a spectator.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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