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Former Cubs, Red Sox pitcher Frank Castillo drowned in Arizona lake

Jul 29, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Frank Castillo

Frank Castillo, who pitched 13 seasons in the majors for the Cubs, Red Sox, and four other teams, drowned Saturday in a lake near his home in Arizona.

KVIA-TV in Texas reports that “Castillo was on a pontoon boat with a friend when he decided to go swimming” and “Castillo’s friend reportedly called for help when Castillo did not come back up out of the water.”

His family issued a statement, which you can read on KVIA’s website. Castillo was 44 years old and leaves behind two children.

  1. sleepyirv - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    A great shame, both young and with children.

  2. El Bravo - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    wtf, some shitty news in the baseball world today…geesh. a nice reminder that the Arod story is irrelevant in every meaningful way. of course, it will be reported as the most meaninful event in history all week.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Agreed.

  3. sabatimus - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Oh Jesus :(

  4. tigersfandan - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I know this may sound lame, but my personal memory of Castillo actually comes from having him on my Baseball Mogul roster for a season-and-a-half (he had a really good stretch at one point). When I saw the Detroit News headline about this, I gasped. It’s very sad, especially with two children losing their Dad.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Wow…44 years old. I feel for his family (especially his two young daughters).

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