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Note: This page is for 2000s catcher Ramon Castro; for the infielder who played in 2004, click here.
Ramón Abraham Castro
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 225 lb.
- High School Escuela Lino Padron Rivera
- Debut August 27, 1999
- Final Game July 9, 2011
- Born March 1, 1976 in Vega Baja, P.R.
The catching Ramón Castro was a wildly productive big league backup for thirteen seasons, belting 11 home runs en route to a .285/.331/.556 line in 144 bats with the New York Mets in 2007. Castro was unable to stay healthy to be entrusted with regular duties, playing with the Florida Marlins, the Mets and the Chicago White Sox between 1999 and 2011. His hot 2007 may have been his best chance at regular work, competing with weak-hitting Brian Schneider, but a hamstring injury in spring training dashed those hopes. Nicknamed "Bigote", which means mustache, Castro also played in the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League with the Caguas Creoles, Santurce Crabbers and Mayagüez Indians.
In August 2003, Castro was arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, sexual assault and unlawful restraint. A 28-year-old woman had accused him after an encounter in a hotel one night prior, claiming he had held her down on a bed, forcibly removed her clothes and tried to engage in sexual activity after she told him to stop. Castro denied all charges, then pleaded no contest one year later to charges of indecent assault, part of a plea bargain to eliminate the other charges. He was sentenced to a year of probation, issuing apologies to his wife, his family and the victim.