Monday, March 21, 2016

Gone too soon: John Cerutti

I'm writing this having spent the day at a friend's memorial. While preparing to go I was reminded of someone else who passed too soon - John Cerutti.

He was part of those first great Jays teams - the playoff team of '85 (as a September callup), the heartbreak kids of '87, and the playoff team of '89. 1989 was his strongest year, pitching over 200 innings with a FIP of 4.16 and ERA+ of 119.

Never spectacular, unlike his teammates Dave Stieb and Jimmy Key, Bounced back and forth between the pen and the rotation. A solid, average lefty. A stalwart, an anchor. That's not a bad thing to be.

I never knew him as a broadcaster. I walked away from baseball after they cancelled the World Series in 1994 and didn't return until 2005. He died the last day of the season in 2004.

Those who remember him, share your memories below.