Baseball America|January 2021
DICK ALLEN, a third baseman and first baseman who played in the major leagues for 15 years from 19631977 with the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox, and Athletics and won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964 and the American League MVP in 1972, died Dec. 7. He was 78.

Allen made seven all-star teams, posted a .292/.378/.534 slash line, hit 351 home runs, and drove in 1,119 runs. In 1972, he led the AL in home runs (37), RBIs (113), walks (99), OBP (.420), and slugging percentage (.603).

JAIRO CASTILLO, an international crosschecker for the Dodgers in the Dominican Republic who previously worked for the Brewers and Blue Jays as a scout after playing three seasons in the Dominican Summer League for the Mets from 2007-09, died Dec. 8. He was 31.

LON JOYCE, who served as head baseball coach at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist JC from 1978-91 and posted a 473-170 record before later working as an amateur scout for the Dodgers starting in 1992, died Dec. 3 in Spartanburg, S.C. He was 72.

Joyce guided Spartanburg to seven conference championships and two appearances in the NJCAA World Series. He helped develop Reggie Sanders and other future big leaguers.

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