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John Joseph Cerutti (April 28, 1960 – October 3, 2004) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, and later a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays.

John Cerutti
Born: (1960-04-28)April 28, 1960
Albany, New York
Died: October 3, 2004(2004-10-03) (aged 44)
Toronto, Ontario
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 1985, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1991, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record49–43
Earned run average3.94


Playing careerEdit

Born in Albany, New York, Cerutti was selected in the first round of the amateur draft by the Blue Jays in 1981 with the 21st overall pick out of Amherst College. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics. Cerutti played seven seasons in the major leagues with the Blue Jays (19851990) and Detroit Tigers (1991).

On June 7, 1989, Cerutti recorded the first Blue Jays win in the SkyDome, their new stadium.[citation needed]

On December 20, 1990, the Toronto Blue Jays granted him free agency. He signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers on January 14, 1991.

Broadcasting careerEdit

After his playing career, he went into broadcasting and started calling Blue Jays games alongside Brian Williams on CBC before becoming a TV analyst for the team's new flagship station, Rogers Sportsnet.


Cerutti was supposed to broadcast the last game of the 2004 season for the Blue Jays, an afternoon home game on October 3 versus the New York Yankees, but uncharacteristically missed an 11:00 AM pregame meeting. The production staff began to worry and started calling him. After numerous attempts, the police had to be brought in to break open the door of his Toronto hotel room. He was found without any vital signs. His death at age 44 was officially declared to be of natural causes due to a ventricular arrhythmia.

The Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America paid tribute to John Cerutti in November, 2004, giving him its annual Good Guy Award and renaming the honor for him. The Award has been handed out every year since Toronto's inaugural season in 1977, and is given annually to an individual who best exemplifies a positive image for baseball. John Cerutti was known for his exemplary character, goodwill, and sportsmanship.[1]


  1. ^ Davidi, Shi (17 December 2015). "Josh Donaldson headlines 2015 Blue Jays award winners". Sportsnet. Retrieved 2015-12-17.

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