Saturday, April 2, 2016

They Played for Both II: The Pitchers

Last post  dealt with players who have played for both the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays. Based on the volume of players, I had to break it into two parts. Yesterday was hitters, today are the pitchers.

So without further ado..

Toronto: 1981-1982
Milwaukee: 1978

In his time with Toronto he played in 36 games, 19 starts. With Milwaukee, he pitched 2, starting 1.

He signed as a free agent with Milwaukee after being released by the Boston Red Sox. He came to the Jays as a result of a trade with the New York Mets.

Oddly enough, there's also a screenwriter named Mark Bomback. They are not the same..

Toronto: 1991
Milwaukee: 1983-1984

Candiotti pitched 18 games for the Brewers, 14 starts. He pitched in 19 games for Toronto, all starts.

Candiotti is a bit of an interesting tale. He started with the independent Victoria Mussels in 1979. He was sold to Kansas City but was claimed by the Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft before the 1981 season.

He was traded to Toronto in 1991 in a trade I've mentioned before.

After retirement, he went into broadcasting, helping with ESPN and working with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Toronto: 2003-2006
Milwaukee: 2012

The Chulkster pitched in 82 games for the Jays, all in relief. He pitched in 10 for the Brewers, again all in relief.

He was drafted by the Jays in 2000. He was traded to the San Francisco Giants with Shea Hillenbrand for Jeremy Accardo.

He signed as a free agent with the Brewers. He was designated for assignment on May 19, 2012.

Toronto: 2012
Milwaukee: 2006-2007

He pitched in 41 games for the Jays and 94 for the Brewers.

He came to the Brewers in a Trade with the Rangers that saw Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix go to Milwaukee for Nelson Cruz and Carlos Lee.
He signed as a Free Agent in Toronto, but was traded near the deadline. Cordero, Ben Francisco, Carlos Perez, David Rollins, and Asher Wojciechowski to Houston for David Carpenter, Brandon Lyon, and J.A. Happ.

Toronto: 1995
Milwaukee: 1985-1986

Darwin threw in 13 games for Toronto. He appeared in 66 games for Milwaukee, including 43 starts.

He signed as a free agent with the Brewers and was traded in 1986 to Houston for Don August and Mark Knudson.

He signed with the Jays as a free agent and was released by July.

Darwin leaves me with negative thoughts because I was in SkyDome for a game he pitched against the Brewers. The game was a blowout for Milwaukee, getting an early 8-0 lead. That was also the game an insulation panel fell off the facing of the upper deck, falling on some fans in the field level seats.


Toronto: 1985
Milwaukee: 1988-1990

He pitched in 11 games for Toronto, 9 of them starts. He pitched in 39 games for Milwaukee, 33 starts.

He signed with the Jays as a free agent. Milwaukee purchased his contract from Toronto at the end of the 1987 season. He was released at the end of the season in 1990.

Toronto: 2015
Milwaukee: 2010-2011

He appeared in 18 games for Toronto. He appeared in 70 for Milwaukee.

He signed as a free agent with Milwaukee. He left after the 2011 season..

He came to Toronto in the trade that brought Troy Tulowitzki over as well. The Jays gave up Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, and two minor leaguers.

Hawkins retired after the season finished.

Toronto: 1999
Milwaukee: 1993-1996

He appeared in 74 games in Toronto, 183 for Milwaukee..

I believe I mentioned this in a previous post, but Lloyd was an amateur free agent signed by the Jays. He was taken by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft then traded to Milwaukee for a minor leaguer. Milwaukee traded Lloyd and Pat Listach to the Yankees for Gerald Williams and Bob Wickman. Listach ended up being returned to Milwaukee and Ricky Bones went to the Yanks instead.
The Yankees traded Lloyd, Homer Bush and David Wells to Toronto for Roger Clemens in 1999. He left Toronto at the end of the season.


Toronto: 1980-1981
Milwaukee: 1987-1990

He appeared in 41 games for Toronto, 23 of them starts and 124 games for Milwaukee with 2 of them being starts.

He came to Toronto by way of trade from the Yankees. Mirabella, Chris Chambliss, and Damaso Garcia for Rick Cerone, Tom Underwood, and Ted Wilborn.
He was traded by the Jays to the Cubs for Dave Geisel.
He was a free agent signing by the Brewers.

Toronto: 1977-1979
Milwaukee: 1974-1976

He appeared in 79 games for Toronto and 139 for Milwaukee.

He was traded to the Brewers May 5 1972 for Bob Heise. On June 3, 1976 he was traded to Boston with Bobby Darwin for Bernie Carbo.

In July 1977 he was purchased by the Jays from the Red Sox. He was released by the Jays on May 12, 1979.

Toronto: 2007
Milwaukee: 2005-2006

He appeared in 10 games for Toronto, and 40 for Milwaukee..

He was traded to the Brewers from the Washington Nationals for Junior Spivey. In January of 2007, he signed with Toronto as a free agent. He was released in June of 2007.
After going back to Japan for a couple years he signed another contract with the Jays in 2014 but was released before the season started.

Toronto: 2000-2001
Milwaukee: 2001

He appeared in 52 games for Toronto, 13 for Milwaukee..

He came to Toronto in November 1999 with Alberto Castillo and Matt DeWitt for Pat Hentgen and Paul Spoljaric. He went to the Brewers after the Jays released him in 2001.

Toronto: 1997-1999, 2001-2002
Milwaukee: 1986-1992

He appeared in 262 games with Toronto and 365 with Milwaukee.

Plesac was drafted by the Brewers and pitched with them until he was a free agent. In November 1996 he was traded to the Jays from the Pirates. Coming to Toronto was Plesac, Carlos Garcia, and Orlando Merced. Going to Pittsburgh was Jose Pett, Jose Silva, Brandon Cromer, Abraham Nunez, and Craig Wilson.

Toronto then traded him to Arizona for Tony Batista and John Frascatore in June 1999.

He signed with the Jays in 2001 and was traded to the Phillies for Cliff Politte in May 2002.

Toronto: 2011-2012
Milwaukee: 2006-2010

He pitched in 71 games for Toronto and 230 for Milwaukee.

He was traded by the San Francisco Giants with Glenn Woolard to Milwaukee for Leo Estrella and Wayne Franklin.

He was purchased by Toronto from Milwaukee in December 2010. He left Toronto as a free agent in 2012.


Toronto: 1977
Milwaukee: 1981-1986

He pitched in 53 games for Toronto and 85 for Milwaukee. In Milwaukee he was a starter, only pitching one game in relief.

He came to Toronto in the expansion draft from the Chicago White Sox. After the 1977 season, he was traded to the Cardinals with John Scott for Victor Cruz and Tom Underwood.

He was traded to the Brewers from the Cardinals with Rollie Fingers and Ted Simmons for David Green, Dave LaPoint, Sixto Lezcano, and Lary Sorensen. He left Milwaukee at the end of the 1986 season.

Toronto: 1991-1992
Milwaukee: 1998-2001, 2009

He appeared in 17 games for Toronto and 237 for Milwaukee.

He had the bad fortune of being in the Jays system when they had a great bullpen, lead by Tom Henke and Duane Ward. Because of that he was left unprotected by the Jays in the expansion draft and Florida took him.

He first went to Milwaukee in June 1998, being selected off waivers from the Reds. In 2001 he was traded to the Cubs with a minor leaguer for Ruben Quevedo and Peter Zoccolillo.
In a little bit of deja vu, Weathers was purchased from the Reds in August 2009. He retired at the end of the season..

So there you have it.. The players I have cards of that played for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers.

Of the guys I don't have cards of, notables include Alex Gonzalez, Mike Matheny, George Kottaras, Dave Bush, Marco Estrada, Leo Estrella, Jeremy Jeffress, and Shaun Marcum.


  1. Despite pitching in the less-driven-by-the-stat 1980s, Plesac is still the Brewers all-time leader in saves. He was my favorite player in my early high school days because he was young and sort of cocky and still funny -- sort of what you still see him being on MLB Network. I think he was another casualty of the Bud Selig years when Bud said, "screw my team being good...we need to be bad to show that small market clubs can't compete!"

    1. It's tough to describe how I feel about Selig.. I mean he did end up doing a fair bit of good for baseball, but at the same time he was the main reason for Jeffrey Loria in Montreal, the subsequent gutting of Montreal when Loria left for the Marlins, the Puerto Rico "home" games, and their eventual moving..