Candy Maldonado

Baseball Analyst, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International

Candy Maldonado, who enjoyed a 15-year Major League Baseball career and won the World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992, is an analyst for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN in Latin America and co-host of ESPN Deportes and ESPN Interational’s Beisbol Esta Noche. Maldonado joined ESPN in 2000.

In addition to the weekly regular-season telecasts, Maldonado has provided analysis for ESPN’s post-season coverage, including playoff games and the World Series. He also contributes to ESPNdeportes.com hosting a video called “La Esquina de Candy” (Candy’s Corner), where he discusses MLB’s hottest topics each week.

During his Major League Baseball career, Maldonado played in eight post-season series with three different teams, including the 1992 World Series Champion Toronto Blue Jays. A right-handed outfielder, he began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981-85) before moving to the San Francisco Giants (1986-89), where he played on the teams that won the National League West in 1987 and the National League Championship in 1989. He also played for the Cleveland Indians (1990 and 1993-94), the Milwaukee Brewers (1991), the Toronto Blue Jays (1991-92 and 1995), the Chicago Cubs (1993), and the Texas Rangers (1995).

Nicknamed “Candyman” by sportscaster Chris Berman, Maldonado made his Major League Baseball debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 7, 1981.  His career statistics include scoring 147 home runs and 618 RBIs.  Maldonado became the 16th player in San Francisco Giants franchise history to hit for the cycle on May 4, 1987.  He scored the first game winning hit for the first World Series ever played out of the U.S. in Toronto. Additionally, Maldonado was the only San Francisco Giant to hit a triple in the 1989 World Series.  Candy was also the 23rd player to hit ten or more home runs as a pinch hitter. Maldonado played his final game in Major League Baseball on September 29, 1995 with the Texas Rangers. Candy is a member of the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame and the Puerto Rican Sports Pavilion.

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