Notable Knuckleballers

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Tom Candiotti
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers

Tom Candiotti

"The Candy Man" was one of baseball’s most recognizable knuckleballers throughout the 1980s and '90s. Candiotti played for five teams in his career, breaking in with the Brewers but logging 13 of his 16 seasons with the Indians and Dodgers. With exceptional control of his knuckler, Candiotti posted a 3.62 ERA in four and a half seasons in Cleveland. After a brief stint with the Blue Jays in the second half of the ’91 season, Candiotti moved to Los Angeles, where he had a similarly impressive ERA of 3.57 from 1992 to '97, though he only managed one winning season. Candiotti’s effectiveness markedly diminished after he left L.A. in 1997 and he would retire in 1999.


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