With unstoppable in the eighth chapter before the shipments of the right Danny Hernández, the Zulian batter Ali Castillo Last Sunday he became the sixth player for the Águilas del Zulia to reach 400 hits in the LVBP wearing the rapacious uniform.
Castillo, who played as a left fielder and second in the Zulian batting order in the second of the series in Valencia, joined Leonel Carrión (732), Orlando Múñoz (639), Gustavo Spósito (515), Carlos Quintana (463) and Cristóbal Colón (455) as the only players who have reached the historic figure playing for the Eagles.
Ali has been a benchmark for Zulia
Of the aforementioned, he is the third to achieve 400 rockets in 10 seasons with the team, but also the third to do so after 30 years; likewise, he is the second native of the state of Zulia after Leonel Carrión to reach this milestone. However, in this past week he left behind José Pirela (399) and Lipso Nava (394) on his way to 400 and that confirms it, as one of the best sluggers in the Eagles today.
In fact, since he made his debut in 2012-13, he is the only one who has played 10 years with the Eagles since then. Likewise, he leads the team in games (320), appearances (1323) and at-bats (1209), with what is undoubtedly an emblem not only at the sporting level, but also symbolic within the organization.
On the other hand, Sunday's three hits against Magallanes placed him among the best 12 hitters in the tournament with a total average of .336. Ali is also third in hits (43), only behind Wilfredo Tovar (44) and Tomás Telis (46) and 12th in total bases 53.
Meanwhile, with 302 rockets since the 2015-16 season, he is one of six shovelers on the Venezuelan circuit with at least three hundred in this department.