Vinny Castilla, a member of the expansion Rockies who in his post-playing days is serving as a special assistant to the team’s general manager, will return to the role of manager of the Naranjeros de Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League next winter. Castilla intends to remain with the Rockies organization, as well.
His hiring was announced in Hermosillo on Tuesday.
The Naranjeros have won 15 championships in the 60 years of the Mexican Pacific League.
Castilla was originally signed out of Mexico by the Atlanta Braves, and was one of three Braves players the Rockies selected in the expansion draft, along with right-handed pitchers David Nied and Armando Reynoso.
Castilla spent three stints with the Rockies, from 1993-99, the team’s first seven seasons of play, the 2004 season and then the final days of 2006, which allowed him to retire as a member of the Rockies.
He ranks among the Rockies all-time leaders in games played overall, and at third base, and is among the top 10 in virtually every offensive run-production, power category.
Castilla is familiar with Hermosillo, having played there briefly during five off-seasons, from 2006-07 through 2010-11. In 67 games, he hit .276. He also managed the team in 2008 and was the manager of the Mexican team in the 2007 Pan Am Games as well as the World Baseball Classic in 2009.
As well as brief stints with the Braves in 1991 and 1992, Castilla spent 14 full seasons in the big leagues, playing for Tampa Bay, Houston, Washington and San Diego in addition to the Braves and Rockies.
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