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Wayne Krenchicki

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wayne Krenchicki
Third baseman
Born: (1954-09-17)September 17, 1954
Trenton, New Jersey
Died: October 16, 2018(2018-10-16) (aged 64)
Pittsfield, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 15, 1979, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1986, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average.266
Home runs15
Runs batted in124
Teams

Wayne Richard Krenchicki (September 17, 1954 – October 16, 2018)[1] was a Major League Baseball (MLB) third baseman. He played all or part of eight seasons in the majors from 1979 until 1986. He was a past manager of the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. He played college baseball at the University of Miami.

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Pre-MLB

Krenchiki grew up in Ewing Township, New Jersey and graduated from Ewing High School in 1972.[2] Krenchicki was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth round (171st overall) of the 1972 MLB draft, shortly after his high school graduation.[3] He opted to accept an athletic scholarship from the University of Miami where he majored in physical education.[4] A three-year letterman from 1973 to 1975 with the Ron Fraser-coached Hurricanes,[5] Krenchicki is considered the best shortstop in the program's history.[4] The Hurricanes qualified for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships in each of the three years he was with the ballclub, including as a runner-up in its College World Series debut in 1974.[5] He finished his collegiate career with a .316 (198 of 626) batting average, .436 slugging percentage, 273 total bases, 35 doubles, 11 triples, six home runs and 67 stolen bases. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.[4]

Krenchicki appeared with the United States national baseball team at the Baseball World Cup in 1973 and the Pan American Games in 1975, winning a gold and silver medal respectively. He was also on the Boulder, Colorado team that won the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1975.[2]

Major league career

Krenchicki was the seventh player chosen overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the secondary phase of the January 1976 Major League Baseball draft.[2][4] He made his major league debut with the Orioles in June 1979, then spending parts of the next two seasons with them. On August 7, 1981, he was sent to the minor leagues so the Orioles could call up prospect Cal Ripken Jr. Krenchicki said, "I didn't expect it to happen. I just don't care to be going back to Rochester. But they want to look at Cal... They still have to pay me. I guess I'll just stay in a hotel and go fishing every day."[6]

Krenchicki was sent to the Cincinnati Reds on February 15, 1982 to complete a transaction from five days prior in which the Orioles had acquired Paul Moskau.[7] That season, he backed up Johnny Bench at third base for the Reds, batting .283. Krenchicki was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Pat Underwood on June 30, 1983. His contract was sold back to the Reds just under five months later on November 21.[8]

Over the next two seasons, Krenchicki returned to being the Reds backup at third base, behind Nick Esasky in 1984 and Buddy Bell in 1985. He was traded to the Montreal Expos the following offseason, and in 1986 he played mostly at first base for the Expos, backing up Andrés Galarraga. After becoming a free agent at the end of the season, Krenchicki did not play in the majors again.

Post-MLB

In 1989 and 1990, Krenchicki played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association. After the league folded, he was brought in by the Milwaukee Brewers organization. From 1991 until 1994, Krenchicki served as a minor league manager for the Brewers, in the Arizona Fall League in 1991, then for the Beloit Brewers of the Midwest League for the next three seasons.

In 1995, Krenchicki began managing in various independent minor leagues.

In 2007, he was hired by the independent Newark Bears of the Atlantic League and in his initial season won his first league championship. He managed the Newark Bears again in 2008 after which on December 16, 2008, he was named the manager of the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.

Wayne Krenchicki died at age 64 on October 16, 2018.[9]

References

  1. ^ Reports: Former Cincinnati Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki dies at 64
  2. ^ a b c Wayne Krenchicki, Evansville Otters. Accessed October 21, 2018. "A native of Ewing, N.J., Krenchicki compiled a 1,075-1,052 record in 18 years as a minor league manager before joining the Otters.... A 1972 graduate of Ewing High School in Trenton, N.J., Krenchicki was chosen by Philadelphia in the eighth round of the 1972 amateur draft."
  3. ^ 1972 Major League Baseball Draft, Rounds 1–10 – Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved October 20, 2018
  4. ^ a b c d Wayne Krenchicki 1973–1975 (biography) –  University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 20, 2018
  5. ^ a b University of Miami Hurricanes Baseball 2018 Media Guide. Retrieved October 20, 2018
  6. ^ Rosenfeld, Harvey (1995). Iron Man: The Cal Ripken Jr., Story. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-312-13524-6.
  7. ^ Rosen, Ron. "Cooney Being Examined, Holmes Date in Balance," The Washington Post, Tuesday, February 16, 1982. Retrieved October 20, 2018
  8. ^ Hawkins, Jim & Ewald, Dan. The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC, 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2018
  9. ^ Johnson, Stevie. "Popular former Rochester Red Wings infielder Wayne Krenchicki dies at 64," Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), Thursday, October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018

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