The Waiting Game

March 10, 1995|By Buster Olney

Jim Wawruck

What he would be doing if there were no strike: Wawruck, 24, would be trying to win a job as the Orioles' fourth or fifth outfielder. He batted .300 with nine homers and 53 RBIs at Triple-A Rochester last summer, and stole 17 bases.

Where he is instead: At his home in Glastonbury, Conn.

How he's filling his time: Wawruck said he has been working out just about every day "since the day after Halloween." He trains in several different locations, doing his hitting at Glastonbury High. Wawruck said he has been going through his workouts alone for the most part, hitting against a machine.

What he's doing when he's not working out: "I've been doing some baseball instructing, helping some kids learn to lift weights. For the most part, my girlfriend [Marnie Laubach] is supporting me during the off-season. I've been spending time with my family -- I've got a grandmother who's been sick and in and out of the hospital and I've spent time with her."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: "I can't even remember. I've always done something, whether it was soccer or baseball. This is the longest I've gone without doing a sport since I was about 7. I was probably chasing little girls around at recess back then."

How he's handling the wait: "I'm like all the other guys -- I'm anxious to start playing. But there are important matters to be resolved. I'm standing by the union; I would be willing to sit out all year."

When he thinks the strike will end: "One thing I've learned about baseball since I've been a part of the game is that things can happen overnight. They can say things don't look good, and then. . . . There's really no telling."

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