In 21 seasons as a professional baseball player, Juan Castro was best known as the guy who fielded the final out in Roy Halladay‘s perfect game against the Marlins in 2010. Now, he’s stepping into big shoes as the replacement for infield coach Bobby Dickerson, who left to become the bench coach of the San Diego Padres. Castro has previously worked as a minor league infield coordinator, special assistant to the general manager and as a quality assurance coach.
Of Castro’s 21 seasons, parts of 17 of them were spent in the majors with the Dodgers, Reds, Orioles, Twins and Phillies. He spent only the 2010 season in Philadelphia. Overall, he played in 1,103 major league games and played all four infield positions. The Phillies hired Castro away from the Dodgers a year ago and he served as the team’s minor league infield coordinator for a season before joining Joe Girardi‘s coaching staff. He had filled various positions in two seasons with the Dodgers and served on the coaching staff for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Castro is currently managing Team Mexico in the Premier 12 Tournament, a qualifying event for the Olympics.
Dickerson, who was somewhat of a mentor to Manny Machado, was hired by the Phillies last winter when the Phillies were in the hunt to sign Machado. Dickerson and Machado will now be reunited in San Diego.
With the hiring of Bryan Price to the the Phillies pitching coach and Castro to become the infield coach, the only position left open on Girardi’s staff is that of hitting coach.