Sunday, October 27, 2013

John Wanish, Lead Protected - 2778

John Wanish came on in the eighth and was nearly perfect. He had to be, because he was protecting a one-run Salem Dodgers lead in this August 1988 contest.

Wanish ended up finishing out the game, going two full innings. He gave up a single walk, but no hits. More importantly, he didn't give up a run, saving the game for the short-season club, according to The Eugene Register-Guard.

It was Wanish's first professional save, in his second professional season. He went on to pick up 14 other saves over the next three seasons. Wanish, though, would never make AA.

Wanish's professional career began in 1987, taken by the Dodgers in the 16th round, out of Florida State.

At Florida State in 1987, Wanish was 2-1, with a 2.42 ERA by late-May, a season in which Wanish and the Seminoles would go to the College World Series.

With the Dodgers, Wanish started at rookie Great Falls. He went 2-7 over 15 outings, seven starts. He moved to short-season Salem and single-A Bakersfield for 1988. Between them, he went 5-3, with a 4.07 ERA.

For 1989, Wanish signed with a new team, the Blue Jays. He got into 20 games on the year, all in relief. In those outings, Wanish kept his ERA below 2, at 1.80,

Wanish played 1990 at single-A Myrtle Beach, getting 35 outings and five saves. He then moved to high-A Dunedin for 1991, getting 36 outings and a 3.01 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.

His career over, Wanish eventually moved into pharmaceuticals and insurance. In October 2009, he passed away at the age of 42.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,342
Made the Majors: 720 - 53.7%
Never Made Majors: 622-46.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 312
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 185

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