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September 21, 1990 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-21

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Ex-Tiger Wapnick
Has Heart Murmur

HARLAN C. ABBEY

Special to The Jewish News

T

he only Jewish player
in the major leagues
so far in 1990 was
Steve Wapnick, who pitched
just six innings for the
Detroit Tigers before being
returned to the Ibronto Blue
Jays' AAA team in Syracuse
May 1.
But instead of being the
Chiefs' ace right-handed
reliever, the California native
has appeared in only three
games, none since May 12.
Wapnick came to Buffalo,
N.Y., with the team on "TI"
status: "Temporarily Inac-
tive." But it was an unusual
situation — but typical of
Wapnick's sports career.
In this case it meant that
doctors had discovered that
Wapnick's 6-foot-2, 200-pound
body contained a heart
"murmur." With everyone in
sports concerned over the
death last winter of basket-
ball star Hank Gathers and
then a similar case affecting
a minor league pitcher, Wap-
nick has spent the summer
being examined by doctors in
Los Angeles, Boston and
Toronto.
"They call it a heart
`regurgitation,' " he said
recently, "and I'm not even
sure what that means, but
I'm 100 percent O.K. to play
baseball."
Syracuse came to Buffalo
with the sixth-best record in
the eight-team International
League, but Wapnick said, "It
wouldn't have made any dif-
ference if I'd been able to
pitch all season. We've got
talent, but it's inconsistent!'
Wapnick couldn't work out
with the Chiefs the first six
weeks he was on "TI" status,
but did later on and still
hopes to show the layoff
hasn't affected him.
"There are two big dif-
ferences between AAA and
the major leagues," he em-
phasized. One, obviously, is
pay. He received the major
league minimum while with
Detroit, based on $100,000 for
the season. "I bought a Ford
Bronco and saved some
money," he said.
The average AAA pay is
$1,700 per month.
"The other major difference
is in travel. In Syracuse, if
we're to play in Denver the
next day, we'll sleep in
Syracuse, get up and be at the

Harlan C. Abbey is editor of
the Buffalo, N.Y., Jewish
Review.

Steve Wapnick:
"O.K. to play baseball."

airport at 5 or 6 a.m., fly to St.
Louis for a connecting flight,
and get into Denver for
maybe a couple hours sleep or
rest before the game

"In Detroit; we'd be bused to
the airport after the game for
a charter flight to our next
game, and get a good night's
rest.
"Another difference is dai-
ly meal money: $54 in the
majors, $14 in AAA.
Clubhouse 'dues' are $8 a day
for food after the games and
the washing of our equip-
ment, and you generally tip
the clubhouse workers $1 or
$2 a day. So that leaves you
with $4 for lunch, which is
the only other meal I eat. So
I have to dig into my pocket.
"But in the minors it was
less and when I started out I'd
buy a loaf of bread and have
tuna sandwiches for lunch
AND dinner."
Last year he started out in
Class A at Dunedin, Fla.,
where he was 4-0 with a 2.05
ERA in 24 games, then mov-
ed up to AA Knoxville, where
he had an 0.49 ERA in 12 in-
nings, and then was sent up
to Syracuse, where in six in-
nings he whiffed 5, won a
game, and had an 0.69 ERA.
For the year, he had a com-
bined 6-0 record and 2.57
ERA, prompting the Tigers to
draft him for $50,00. But
since they didn't keep him for
the entire season, Toronto
was able to buy him back for
only $25,000.
"My being drafted by
Detroit won't hurt my
chances with the Blue Jays,"
he admitted, "nor will the
fact that Galen Cisco, my pit-
ching coach at Syracuse last
year, is now in Toronto.
"At Detroit, I never felt in-

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