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John Joseph Cerutti
Born: April 28, 1960 in Albany, N.Y.
Died: Oct. 3, 2004 in Toronto
Debut: 1985 | Pos: P
H: 6’2″ | W: 200 | B: L | T: L

7 49 43 229 4 861.0 398 3.94

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John Cerutti, a former pitcher for the Blue Jays and the television analyst for the team, was found dead Oct. 3, 2004, in his hotel room in Toronto. He was 44.

“It was an unbelievable shock,” Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said, in wire reports. “We all realize, those of us involved in winning and losing games, how unimportant that is at a time like this.”

Cerutti was scheduled to call Sunday’s game against the Yankees, but he missed a morning production meeting. when he did not show up by game time, officials began to search for him.

Police and emergency workers entered his hotel room and found him dead.

It is believed that he died of natural causes, officials said.

He leaves behind a wife and three children.

The former pitcher had been a first-round pick by the Blue Jays in the 1981 draft.

He made it to the majors in 1985 and spent six seasons with the Blue Jays. He signed as a free-agent with the Tigers following the 1990 season.

In his career as a player, he was 49-43 with a 3.94 ERA in 229 games. His best seasons came in 1987 when he was 11-4 with a 4.40 ERA and in 1989 when he was 11-11 with a 3.07 ERA in 205.1 innings pitched.

He pitched 2.2 innings in 1989 ALCS against Oakland. He allowed no hits, three walks and no runs.

He became a part of the Blue Jays’ broadcasts in 1997.