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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Ed Garczyk hit a game-winning sacrifice at Salt Lake; Played two pro seasons, made high-A

The pitcher started Salt Lake Trapper Ed Garczyk off with a curveball in this June 1989 contest. So next pitch, he looked fastball, Garczyk told The Salt Lake Tribune afterward.

The result: A game-winning sacrifice fly to right, The Tribune wrote

"He threw a fastball and I just had to drive it somewhere," Garczyk told The Tribune. "It felt great."

Garczyk picked up that game-winner to open his first pro season. He played in just one more, both for independent teams.

Garczyk's career started that year in 1989, signed by the Trappers as a free agent out of West Liberty University in West Virginia. Garczyk was also credited as Eddie Garczyk

The Trappers spotted Garczyk in an NAIA regional tournament and thought he'd get drafted, team player director Van Schley told The Deseret News.

Garczyk played in 35 games that year and hit .323. He then returned to start 1990 at Salt Lake. 

"I'm looking forward to this year," Garczyk told The Tribune that June. "For me, it's a lot more relaxed this year than last year. I know all the coaches except (the pitching coach), and I know more people in Salt Lake."

But Garczyk's stay proved brief. He saw 12 games. He then moved across the country to independent high-A Miami. He saw 38 games there. Overall, he hit .192 on the year to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,871
Made the Majors:1,294-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,577-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:324

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