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Friday, November 18, 2022

Art Canestro saw five pro seasons, elbow injury ended career

Art Canestro 1990 Prince William Cannons card

Art Canestro looked back on his career a couple years later to Newsday and he recalled his elbow injury that cut it short.

He'd played five seasons and ended in 1992 with independent Salt Lake City.

"The injury cost me a career," Canestro told Newsday. "I never really considered a future without baseball and I bounced from job to job trying to find myself. It hasn't been easy."

Canestro spoke as he made a brief return during the strike in spring 1995. But he later returned to the game as a coach and instructor.

Canestro's career began in 1988, taken by the Yankees in the 46th round of the draft out of the New York Institute of Technology. 

Canestro started with the Yankees at short-season Oneonta. He went 2-1, with a 2.43 ERA over 16 relief outings. In one August game, he was credited with six strikeouts over two innings of work.

He returned to Oneonta for 1989. He went 7-2, with a 1.05 ERA over 22 outings, eight starts. He picked up a two-inning relief win in a July game.

Canestro arrived at high-A Prince William for 1990. He saw 29 outings, 10 starts and went 7-7, with a 4.34 ERA. 

For 1991, he played at high-A Fort Lauderdale. He saw 21 outings, two starts and ended with a 3.98 ERA. His final minors time came in 1992 with independent Salt Lake City. He went 1-1, with a 4.79 ERA in five starts to end his career.

Canestro has since turned high school coach. In 2022, he continued to coach at Calhoun High School on Long Island.

Art Canestro 1990 Prince William Cannons card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,076
Made the Majors:1,351-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,725-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:549
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

1 comment:

  1. Calhoun graduate here! Long before Canestro was coach, and I didn't play sports anyway, I've never been any kind of athlete.