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Casey Todd Candaele

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Casey Candaele was signed as a free agent on August 15, 1982 by the Montreal Expos and scouts Dick LeMay and Bob Oldis.

Candaele's mother Hellen Callaghan Candaele and aunt Marge Callaghan played in the AAGPBL.

He collected his first hit on June 8, 1986, a double against Dave Rucker of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit his first home run on July 19, 1987 against Rick Mahler of the Atlanta Braves. It tied the game and the Expos went on to win the game, 2-1. The home run was a source of merriment among his teammates, as it barely cleared the fence at the shortest point in Stade Olympique. Team management briefly painted the seat where the ball landed in red, to mark the spot of the shortest home run in the ballpark's history, a joking reference to the yellow seat in the upper deck of the ballpark that marked the spot where Willie Stargell had hit a monster home run in 1978. He had his first four-hit game on July 25th against the Cincinnati Reds.

Candaele was not considered much of a prospect when he was first called up by the Expos in 1986, to replace an injured Andre Dawson. However, he impressed manager Buck Rodgers with his hustle and his ability to play multiple positions, and hje made the team out of spring training the following season as a utility player. The Expos had to start the season without leadoff hitter Tim Raines, who remained unsigned until May 1st because of collusion, and Candaele impressed in the role after fellow rookie Alonzo Powell failed to do the job. He hit .317 in April and .318 in May and played just about every day after the first week of the season, even though he did not have a regular position. He filled in at second base, shortstop, centerfield, and elsewhere and quickly became one of the most popular players on the team, hence the big to-do when he hit his first big league homer (and his only one in an Expos uniform, it turned out). He maintained his solid play until July, when he hit .317, but faded down the stretch as the Expos were battling for the division title, eventually returning to a bench role. Still, he hit .272 in 138 games and was named to the 1987 Topps All-Star Rookie Team as a second baseman. In 1988, he was slated to platoon at second base with the left-handed hitting Tom Foley, but he hit only .172 in 36 games, was demoted to the minor leagues and on July 23rd was traded to the Houston Astros for C Mark Bailey.

In 2016, Candaele was named first base coach of the Seattle Mariners under first-year manager Scott Servais, who had been his teammate with the Astros from 1991 to 1993. He had previously worked as the Texas Rangers' minor league infield and baserunning coordinator from 2011 to 2014, and as the team's field coordinator in 2015.

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