Thursday, November 26, 2009
#355) JOHN CANDELARIA
John Candelaria was traded by the California Angels to the New York Mets in exchange for Shane Young and Jeff Richardson on September 15, 1987. "The Candy Man" was added to strengthen a starting pitching staff that was suffering the loss of two members of the rotation. "John has playoff and World Series experience," said Joe McIlvaine, vice president for baseball operations for the Mets, "and he is just the person that we were looking for in our situation." Candy is a Brooklyn native and made three starts with a 2-0 record to finish the 1987 season. Unfortunately the Mets would finish three games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for second place in the National League Eastern Division. John would leave the Mets after that brief stint. He signed as a free agent with the cross-town rival New York Yankees on January 15, 1988.
John Candelaria signed his card in the set during a private signing held by Badgley Productions on December 6, 2008.