American baseball player, Wayne Krenchicki, Died at 64

Wayne Richard Krenchicki was born on September 17, 1954, and died on October 16, 2018.

He was a Major League Baseball third baseman.

Krenchicki played a total of eight seasons in the majors from 1979 until 1986.

Also to that, Krenchicki served as a manager of the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.

Krenchicki played college baseball at the University of Miami.

He was also drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as their 7th pick in the first round of the 1976 Major League Baseball draft.

Krenchicki made his major league debut with the Orioles in June 1979, then spending parts of the next two seasons with them.

Before 1982 season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Paul Moskau.

During that same season, he backed up Johnny Bench at third base for the Reds, batting .283. Midway through 1983, Wayne was traded to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Pat Underwood.

Eventually, Wayne Krenchicki contract was sold back to the Reds after the season.

Throughout the following two seasons, he continued to return as the Reds backup at third base, behind Nick Esasky in 1984 and Buddy Bell in 1985.

Wayne was traded to the Montreal Expos the following offseason, and Krenchicki played mostly at first base for the Expos, backing up Andrés Galarraga in 1986.

When he became a free agent at the end of the season, he did not play in the majors again.

He played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association (1989 and 1990).

Krenchicki was brought in by the Milwaukee Brewers organization when the league folded.

He was the acting manager in the minor league manager for the Brewers, from 1991 until 1994, in the Arizona Fall League in 1991, then for the Beloit Brewers of the Midwest League for the next three seasons.

During 1995, he was managing in the various independent minor leagues.

Later during 2007, Krenchicki was hired by the independent Newark Bears of the Atlantic League and in his initial season won his first league championship.

Krenchicki 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 passed away at 64 years old.


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