Candaele played for nine years in the majors, hitting .250 with 11 home runs for the Montreal Expos, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians between 1986-1997. Candaele hit .277 for Montreal as a rookie in 1987 and finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote. He had his best year at the plate while playing for the Astros in 1990. He hit .286 in 130 games that season, then drove in a career-high 50 runs the next season. He played exclusively in the minor leagues for the next two years before coming back up with Cleveland in 1996. He appeared in 38 total games over the next two seasons with the Tribe before retiring.
Candaele is the son of Hellen Callaghan St. Aubin who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was featured in the movie A League Of Their Own.