ERIK KRATZ RUMORS & GOSSIP

Locke, Kratz help Pirates end Giants' 8-game winning streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Locke followed consecutive horrible starts with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Erik Kratz hit his first home run since 2014 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco 1-0 on Monday night, ending the Giants' eight-game winning streak. Locke (6-5) allowed five hits, no walks and struck out three, helping the Pirates to just their second win in 12 games. He had allowed...
Via Associated Press
June 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The Astros' backup catcher threw a mean knuckleball in his pitching debut

Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz did something Tuesday he never had done before in the big leagues -- he took the mound to pitch, and he threw a mean knuckleball in the process.The Astros were taking a beating from the Mariners when manager A.J. Hinch decided to spare his bullpen and call on a position player to take one for the team.With Houston down 9-1 in the eighth, Kratz...
Via FOX Sports
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Erik Kratz pitched, threw knuckleballs

We love to see a position player take the mound in an MLB game whenever we can get the chance, and Tuesday night was the first chance we were able to get in the 2016 season. Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz was the lucky position player to take his talents to the mound after his team fell down 9-1 to the Seattle Mariners. Typically, we see these guys throw nothing but fastballs...
Via The Comeback
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

The Royals had a good laugh when a former teammate fell on his face during introductions

Nobody saw that, right? Oh they did, and they loved it.During the Astros home opener introductions at Minute Maid Park on Monday, Houston's backup catcher Erik Kratz heard his name, came running, and then ate the ground. Here's the moment of glory:The Royals enjoyed it so much because the 36-year-old Kratz is a former comrade who spent most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the team...
Via FOX Sports
April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Veteran Catcher Erik Kratz Off Waivers From Royals

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox added catching depth Sunday in the wake of Blake Swihart suffering an injury in Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Red Sox claimed veteran catcher Erik Kratz off waivers from the Royals. Kratz was designated for assignment June 11 following a stint on the 15-day disabled...
Via NESN.com
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz "Never Thought" Phillies Would Trade Him; Happy To Be In World Series

The Phillies were looking for pitching depth in the 2014 offseason. The team felt that they could get it in the form of right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. So, the Phillies shipped their backup catcher Erik Kratz and prospect Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kratz. While...
Via Philliedelphia
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Phillies Catcher, Erik Kratz, Joins Twitter

Today seems like a great day for a first tweet. Why not!? pic.twitter.com/xunuGo0lbe — Erik Kratz (@ErikKratz31) March 31, 2014 That's right, former Phillies' backup catcher from 2011 through 2013 has joined Twitter. Kratz joins Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) as recently departing Phillies that have joined the well-utilized social media website....
Via Philliedelphia
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite Trade, Former Phillie Erik Kratz Attends Phillies Phancation

Photo Courtesy: Domonic Brown's Facebook The Phillies are, once again, hosting the Phillies Phancation where fans get to take a week (or four day) long trip with people associated with the team. This year's trip was at a resort in Mexico after several years as a cruise. Players, both former...
Via Philliedelphia
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Fans Will Miss Catcher Erik Kratz, One Of Baseball's Good Guys

Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose Phillies fans seemed to mind losing someone who had become one of their favorite players these last two seasons: backup catcher Erik Kratz. In fact, a fan poll on Philly.com today showed that the fans really do miss Kratz, though the numbers might indicate that that he...
Via Philliedelphia
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Acquire RH Lincoln from Toronto for Kratz

Amid the flurry of moves throughout the major leagues today, the Phillies got involved by acquiring Brad Lincoln from the Toronto Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and lefty Rob Rasmussen. Lincoln, 28, had a 3.98 ERA in 22 appearances with the Jays last season. He doesn’t strike many guys out, averaging 7.1-per-nine in 2013, and struggled after being dealt to Toronto from Pittsburgh in...
Via Phillies Nation
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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