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Angels sign three recently released players to minor league deals

According to a report from Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Los Angeles Angels have signed three recently released players to minor league deals. After signing outfielder Austin Cousino and right-handed pitcher Eric Karch, who were released by the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates respectively, the Angels then inked journeyman catcher Erik Kratz to contract as well.  Kratz...
Via Today's Knuckleball
15 hours ago

Astros unconditionally release journeyman catcher Erik Kratz

According to a report from Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Houston Astros have placed catcher Erik Kratz on unconditional release waivers.  By the Astros doing so, Kratz now has 48 hours to clear waivers in order to become an unrestricted free agent. With slugger Evan Gattis being slated as starter Jason Castro’s backup behind the plate, the journeyman in Kratz became an expendable...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 days ago

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
29 days ago  |  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

Erik Kratz takes tumble during Astros pregame intros (Video)

Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz took a hilarious tumble during pregame introductions at Minute Maid Park prior to Monday's home opener against Kansas City.The Astros players were lining up along the first base line one by one to be greeted by the home crowd. When it came to Kratz, he lost his footing just after he reached the top of the dugout steps and found himself doing...
Via Holdout 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...
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!? — 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 today showed that the fans really do miss Kratz, though the numbers might indicate that that he...
Via Philliedelphia
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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