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March 29 – Happy Birthday Bill Castro – 2013 Reg Season Predictions

Cy Young was born on today’s date, way back in 1867. The legendary right-hander won 511 games during his 22-season career, more than any other man in baseball history. Young ended up in Cooperstown. He set such a standard for pitching excellence that the award given annually to the best pitcher in each league is named after him. One of the pitchers to win that award was also born on this date, 77 years after Young. His name was Denny McLain and he actually won the AL Cy Young Award two times in a row. McLain was baseball’s last thirty-game winner and he’s also quite a character who battled both drinking and gambling addictions and ended up in jail.

A Yankee pitcher also born on this date never came close to winning thirty games in a season or a Cy Young Award. His name is Bill Castro. He was a very good relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers for much of the 1970’s, winning 25 games and saving 44 more during his seven seasons with that team. The Yankees signed this right-handed  native of the Dominican Republic as a free agent in February of 1981. Castro ended up pitching in just eleven games for New York during the strike-shortened season that followed, winning one and losing one decision. The Yankees then traded him to the Royals for third baseman Butch Hobson. When he stopped playing he got into coaching and worked for the Brewers organization until 2009. We know Castro won’t be following Cy Young to Cooperstown and let’s hope he never follows Denny McLain to jail, either.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1981 NYY 1 1 .500 3.79 11 0 6 0 0 0 19.0 26 13 8 2 5 4 1.632
10 Yrs 31 26 .544 3.33 303 9 198 0 0 45 546.1 564 245 202 36 145 203 1.298
MIL (7 yrs) 25 23 .521 2.96 253 5 179 0 0 44 411.0 415 164 135 22 108 145 1.273
KCR (2 yrs) 5 2 .714 4.56 39 4 13 0 0 1 116.1 123 68 59 12 32 54 1.332
NYY (1 yr) 1 1 .500 3.79 11 0 6 0 0 0 19.0 26 13 8 2 5 4 1.632
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/16/2014.