Tom Candiotti

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Tom Candiotti
Born: (1957-08-31) August 31, 1957 (age 57)
Walnut Creek, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 8, 1983 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
July 24, 1999 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Win–loss record 151–164
Earned run average 3.73
Strikeouts 1,735

Thomas Caesar Candiotti (born August 31, 1957) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who was known for his knuckleball. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. As of the 2014 season, Candiotti is a television and radio analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Early life[edit]

Candiotti is a graduate of Queen of All Saints Catholic School in Concord, California, Concord High School, and an alumnus of Saint Mary's College of California. Candiotti pitched for the Saint Mary's baseball team for four years. He later said that he might not have been able to play college baseball at a larger school.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

The knuckleball throwing Candiotti, nicknamed "The Candy Man" or simply "Candy",[2][3] was originally drafted by Kansas City in 1980 but claimed in the Rule 5 Draft by Milwaukee that year. After two forgettable seasons with the Brewers, Candiotti signed with Cleveland in 1985, where he enjoyed his most successful seasons. With the woeful Indians of the 1980s, Candiotti had a record of 72-65 with only one losing season. His best season was 1988 when he went 14-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 137 strikeouts.

In 1991, Cleveland traded him to Toronto to help in their playoff run. He left the Blue Jays the following season to sign with Los Angeles where he pitched well for six years, hampered by poor run support. He finished his career with the Indians before retiring in 1999.

After baseball[edit]

Candiotti held a front office position with the Indians in 2000 and 2001. He joined ESPN in 2001 as an MLB broadcaster and an analyst on Baseball Tonight. From 2002 to 2005, Candiotti continued on Baseball Tonight and served as a commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has worked for several seasons as a radio analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks.[4]

Candiotti appeared briefly in Billy Crystal's 2001 movie "61*" as knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. He was inducted into the International Bowling Museum's Hall of Fame on June 27, 2007.[3]


Candiotti's marriage to his first wife Debra ended in divorce in 1992. He married Donna Beck the following year. Debra Candiotti and Beck were the subjects of a California legal battle that concerned free speech. During the divorce proceedings, Debra learned personal information about Beck that a Contra Costa judge ordered her not to share with people who were uninvolved in the divorce case. A California Court of Appeal judge overturned that ruling in 1995, saying that courts could not restrict Debra's conversations about the living situations of her children.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Enos, Ben (March 4, 2012). "WCC welcomes K.C. Jones, Tom Candiotti, Kurt Rambis into its Hall of Honor". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ostler, Scott (2006-10-08). "Tom Candiotti fesses up: fantasy baseball scheme". SFGate. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  3. ^ a b Manoloff, Dennis (2007-05-30). "DMan's World: Candiotti bowls his way to Hall of Fame induction". The Plain Dealer, Early Edition. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Broadcasters". Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Holding, Reynolds. "Pitcher's ex-wife wins right to criticize rival / Court of Appeal overrules gag order". SFGate. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 

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