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January 14, 2011

Vinny Castilla Falls in a Forest...Wait, I Think I Got That Wrong

The question "when a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound?" originated (according to Wikipedia) in the 1910 book Physics by Charles Riborg Mann and George Ransom Twiss.

Perhaps it should be changed following the official retirement of Vinny Castilla, but something tells me that "if Vinny Castilla retires from professional baseball during a press conference at Hector Espino Stadium in Hermosillo, Mexico...does anyone care" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Here's the news...courtesy of the blog Baseball Mexico:

Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in career homers among Mexican-born players is hanging up his glove and spikes for good. Vinny Castilla, the 43-year-old third baseman whose 2010-11 winterball season with the Hermosillo Naranjeros concluded this month with an opening round playoff loss to Obregon, announced his retirement as a player Monday.

"This was my last season," said Castilla during the emotional press conference. "I would have liked to retire with this team as a champion.  Unfortunately, we could not do that."

The third baseman wrapped up his Major League career in 2007 with 320 home runs and 1105.  His career batting average is .276.  A member of the Colorado Rockies' inaugural season in 1993, Castilla holds the distinction of being the last active player from that team at the time of his retirement.

The next stop for Vinny Castilla...he's expected to be a finalist on the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot a year from now.

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