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John Joseph Cerutti

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John Cerutti had a seven-year career in the major leagues as a pitcher, mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays, and later was a broadcaster for the Jays. He pitched for the Jays from 1985 to 1990, at a time when they were an above-average team. His record for them was 46-37.

Cerutti was a starter in about half of his games. He typically pitched around 140 innings per year, although in 1989 he had a bit over 200 innings.

After a cup of coffee in 1985, he burst onto the scene in 1986 with a 9-4 record. The next year, in 1987, he went 11-4, good for second in the league in winning percentage. In 1988, his 3.13 ERA would have been in the top ten in the league but he pitched too few innings to qualify. In 1989, getting enough innings, he was 9th in the league with a 3.07 ERA. He appeared in two games in the post-season in 1989, with an ERA of 0.00 in 2 2/3 innings. He finished his career with one year with the Detroit Tigers in 1991.

Cerutti was not a power pitcher - he had only a bit over 4 strikeouts per nine innings. His control was good, with about 3 walks per nine innings.

After his playing career, John Cerutti was a Blue Jays broadcaster from 1997 until his death in 2004. He died on the last day of the regular baseball season, and his death at age 44 was attributed to natural causes.

He is one of only two players from Amherst College to make the major leagues in the last 50 years.

He was a top golfer.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1989)

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