Tom Candiotti

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Tom Candiotti
Pitcher
Born: (1957-08-31) August 31, 1957 (age 56)
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
Teams

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. Candiotti is currently a TV-Radio analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks and is under contract through the 2011 season. 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.

The knuckleball throwing Candiotti, nicknamed "The Candy Man" or simply "Candy",[1][2] 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 shipped 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.

Candiotti appeared briefly in Billy Crystal's 2001 movie "61*" as knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm.

Candiotti was inducted into the International Bowling Museum's Hall of Fame on June 27, 2007.[2]

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  1. ^ Ostler, Scott (2006-10-08). "Tom Candiotti fesses up: fantasy baseball scheme". SFGate. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  2. ^ 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. 

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