it's been a while since i have looked at a player that played for the dodgers, left the franchise for another, and then returned to wear dodger blue again. double dippers, i call them. sometimes, they even triple dip.
[this is the fiftythird installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessens, guillermo mota, joe beckwith, jamie hoffmann, babe herman, and joe medwick.]
juan castro made his big league debut in september of 1995 as, what else - a defensive replacement. over the course of the next few seasons, he split time between aaa and the majors thanks mainly to his glove as his big league batting average hovered just under .200. here is his 1998 pacific online card featuring a photo of castro from 1995 or 1996 (he stopped wearing number 60 prior to his 1997 appearances).
on april 1, 2000, the dodgers traded castro to the reds for a minor leaguer named kenny lutz. it does not appear that lutz ever played in a game for any dodger affiliate. castro, however, played for the reds for the next five seasons. here is his 2004 topps card
no worries, though, as ned colletti brought castro back to the dodgers for a rare third term. here's another 2010 goose joak original i created to note the occasion.
here's to you juan castro - a rare dodger triple dipper!