Candy Maldonado

Candy Maldonado

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Candido Maldonado Guadarrama (born September 5, 1960 in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder from to for the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers. Chris Berman, a fellow ESPN analyst, called him the "Candyman". Maldonado holds the distinction of having struck the first game winning hit outside the United States in World Series play. Maldonado debuted with the Dodgers and was the only Giant to hit a triple in the 1989 World Series.

San Francisco

Maldonado, also known as "The Candyman" and "The 4th Out", was a major part of the Giants success in the late 1980s as a part of the 1987 NL West Champions and the 1989 National League Champions.

Although Maldonado had statistically good seasons in San Francisco, he was involved in one of the most infamous plays in Giants history. In game 6 of the 1987 National League Championship Series, he lost Tony Peña's 2nd inning fly ball in the lights. This play resulted in a triple for Peña. Peña scored on a sacrifice fly for the only run of the game, which the Cardinals won to tie the series at 3 games each, before going on to win Game 7.

Career highlights

Over his career, Maldonado was a better hitter on the road than at home, with a batting average that was 51...
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