Rick Kranitz
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Kranitz as pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves – No. 39
Pitching coach
Born: (1958-09-15) September 15, 1958 (age 63)
San Rafael, California
Teams
As Coach
Career highlights and awards

Richard Alan Kranitz (born September 15, 1958) is an American professional baseball coach for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously, he served as the pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies.

Playing career

Kranitz attended Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona. He went to Yavapai College and Oklahoma State University.

Kranitz was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 1979 Major League Baseball draft.[1] He pitched in the minor leagues from 1979 through 1985 without making the majors.

Coaching career

Kranitz as pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles
Kranitz as pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles

Kranitz served as a player-coach with the Pikeville Cubs in 1984 and the Winston-Salem Spirits in 1985, though he pitched a total of three innings in those seasons. He served as a minor league pitching coach, Minor League Pitching Coordinator and an assistant coach for the Cubs organization through 2001, when he was named the bullpen coach for the 2002 season. Kranitz managed the Daytona Cubs in 2003 and served as the pitching coach for the Iowa Cubs in 2004 and 2005.

Kranitz was named the pitching coach for the Florida Marlins in 2006. He was named Baseball America's 2006 Major League Coach of the Year in his first year as pitching coach for the Marlins.[2] Kranitz remained with the Marlins in 2007, but resigned shortly before the end of the season.[3]

In 2008, Kranitz became the pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles.[4] There, he struggled to find the same success as in Florida; in 2008 and 2009 the Orioles' pitching staff posted team ERAs of 5.13 and 5.15, respectively. In 2010, although the end-of-year numbers were much more respectable, the team was doomed by a historically futile start that saw them win only 34 of their first 105 games.

On November 1, 2010, Kranitz accepted an offer from the Houston Astros to become their minor league pitching coordinator.[5][6]

On November 15, 2010, it was announced that Kranitz would be replacing Rick Peterson as pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.[7] He was dismissed after the 2015 season.[8]

Kranitz became the bullpen coach for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 season, and was promoted to pitching coach for the 2018 season. Kranitz was fired by the Phillies shortly after the 2018 season.[9]

The Atlanta Braves announced on December 6, 2018, that Kranitz had joined manager Brian Snitker's staff.[10]

Kranitz won the World Series with the Atlanta Braves on November 2, 2021.[11]

References

  1. ^ "4th Round of the 1979 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  2. ^ Berardino, Mike (December 19, 2006). "Major League Coach Of The Year: Rick Kranitz". Baseball America. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.kirotv.com/mlb/14193176/detail.html[dead link]
  4. ^ Fordin, Spencer (October 17, 2007). "Orioles name Kranitz pitching coach". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2007.
  5. ^ McTaggart, Brian (November 1, 2010). "Astros hire Kranitz, Sedar to Minor League jobs". Houston Astros. MLB.com. Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Connolly, Dan (November 1, 2010). "Kranitz named Astros' minor league pitching coordinator". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
  7. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (November 15, 2010). "Brewers hire Rick Kranitz to replace Rick Peterson as pitching coach". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  8. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (October 5, 2015). "Brewers fire pitching coach Rick Kranitz". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  9. ^ "Phillies make a change at pitching coach". NBC Sports Philadelphia. November 14, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 4, 2018). "Braves name Kranitz pitching coach". Atlanta Braves. MLB.com. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Viola, Tommy (November 5, 2021). "Flashback Fridays: Kranitz Earns Championship". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
Sporting positions Preceded byDave Trembley Daytona Cubs manager 2003 Succeeded bySteve McFarland Preceded byMark Wiley Florida Marlins pitching coach 2006–2007 Succeeded byMark Wiley Preceded byLeo Mazzone Baltimore Orioles pitching coach 2008–2010 Succeeded byMark Connor Preceded byRick Peterson Milwaukee Brewers pitching coach 2011–2015 Succeeded byDerek Johnson Preceded byRod Nichols Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coach 2016 Succeeded byJohn McLaren Preceded byPosition established Philadelphia Phillies assistant pitching coach 2017 Succeeded byChris Young Preceded byBob McClure Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach 2018 Succeeded byChris Young Preceded byChuck Hernandez Atlanta Braves pitching coach 2019– Succeeded byIncumbent