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Candy Maldonado, Baseball Analyst, ESPN

Candy Maldonado, Baseball Analyst, ESPN

Baseball Analyst

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. Maldonado joined ESPN in 2000 and is based in his native Puerto Rico.

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, which reach more than 20 million households in Latin America. He also contributes to hosting a video called “La Esquina de Candy” (Candy’s Corner), where he discusses the hot topics of the week in MLB.

During his Major League Baseball career, Maldonado played in eight post-season series with three different teams, including the winning 1992 Toronto Blue Jays team. 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 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 Giants to hit a triple in the 1989 World Series.  Maldonado played his final game in Major League Baseball September 29, 1995 with the Texas Rangers.