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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ron Way, Likely Wasn't - PC2465

Ron Way picked up the save in that August 1990 game, but it wasn't for the team he likely was hoping it'd be in his third year as a pro.

Way picked up that save in the rookie Gulf Coast League, holding a 2-0 GCL Pirates win. Way, though, had started the year at single-A Augusta and later played at short-season Welland. Then, in August, he was in rookie ball.

He want on to make high-A Salem in 1991, but that would also be his final year as a pro.

Way's professional career began in 1988, taken by the Pirates in the 42nd round of the draft, out of Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.

Way started off with the Pirates in the Gulf Coast League, getting 13 outings, five starts. He also posted a 1.72 ERA and a 3-1 record.

For 1989, Way played at short-season Welland, getting 23 outings, six starts. His ERA came in at 2.74.

Then came his 1990 season, with Way playing across those three levels, single-A, short-season and rookie. Between all three, he posted a 2.88 ERA in 45 outings. His ERAs at Welland and Augusta, though, were both over 3.

For 1991, Way arrived at high-A Salem, getting 25 outings, one start, on the year. His ERA hit 4.26. It was also his final year as a pro.

Way has since returned home to Michigan. In 2008, Way and fellow former left-handed pitcher Dave Marcon, were credited with opening Lefty's Lounge, a sports bar near Wayne State in Detroit.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,077
Made the Majors: 658 - 61.1%
Never Made Majors: 419-38.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 169

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