July 28, 2021

What if Marlins’ Luis Castillo had only batted right-handed? (Fish Stripes)

Luis Castillo is one of the most accomplished players in Marlins history. He spent nearly a decade as their starting second baseman, setting franchise records for career games, hits, walks and stolen bases. Fifteen years after being traded away, he remains atop each of those categories. No surprise, he was included in the inaugural Fish Stripes Marlins Hall of Fame class.

The three-time NL All-Star was clearly a South Florida success story, but was he really the best version of himself?

For generations, switch-hitters have been glorified by the baseball community. Spectators are in awe of the coordination required of them. Managers, who obsess about the platoon advantage, inherently trust them. It’s a superpower to be unaffected by the handedness of the opponent. Everybody wants to be a switch-hitter or wants to have one on their team, like Chipper Jones or Jorge Posada or José Reyes.

Luis Castillo was not a prototypical switch-hitter—he was the amalgamation of two completely different players. The contrast between these “identities” was amusing, but I think he would have been better off sticking with his stronger side.

The exorcism of lefty Castillo

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