Originally written November 06, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
John threw 1873 innings with the Pirates Born on this date in 1953 was a longtime pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, John Candelaria. He was a big 6″7 lefty taken in the 2nd round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Pirates. He shot through the minors quickly for his age, going 28-11 before getting called on June 8,1975 at just 21 years old. Four starts into his career he struck out 13 Cubs during a 5-2 complete game win. John finished 8-6 2.76 in 18 starts his rookie season, with the Pirates also winning all four games that he got a no decision. In the playoffs against the Reds, with the Pirates down 2-0 in a best of five series, Candelaria took the ball in game three and threw 7.2 innings, allowing 3 runs while striking out 14 hitters, but the Pirates lost in 10 innings.    He was in the rotation for the entire season in 1976 and the Pirates went 20-11 in his starts which included one very special game. On August 9 he no hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing just one walk, while two...
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