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ERIK KRATZ RUMORS & GOSSIP

Kratz, Vargas Lead Royals Over Twins 6-4

The Kansas City Royals just keep on winning. On July 21st, Kansas City had an unimpressive record of 48-50. Fast forward three weeks, and the Kansas City Royals are 69-55, and now have a two game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the American Central lead. Trevor May cruised through four innings, but hit a wall in the fifth inning. May allowed three walks in the inning, and all of...
Via Royals Blue
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kratz goes yard twice for Royals after knee discomfort sidelines Perez

MINNEAPOLIS -- The joy from taking three out of four games from Minnesota and winning their eighth straight series was tainted a bit for the Royals over concern for their All-Star catcher, Sal Perez. Perez left Monday's game -- a 6-4 win by the Royals -- because of discomfort in his right knee. Manager Ned Yost said afterward that Perez injured his patellar tendon as he came...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Vargas, Kratz lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz is shilling turkey bacon

During Monday's Braves-Phillies game, I was forced to watch the game on the Phillies local station as opposed to the national feed on ESPN due to my proximity to Philadelphia. And on that local feed, I saw something that blew my mind: a series of commercials starring Phillies catcher Erik Kratz advertising turkey bacon.  The amazing Phillies blog Zoo With Roy has unearthed...
Via The Outside Corner
April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies' Erik Kratz is a very good catcher

Erik Kratz proves something I have been saying for an awfully long time. Year after year of watching guys like Olivo and Barajas and a half dozen other old catchers playing for a couple of mil a years is kind of stupid. There has to be catchers in the minors that can do just as well or better than the geriatric "clubhouse" guys who general managers and manager seem to...
Via The Flagrant Fan
February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Philadelphia Phillies Preview: Erik Kratz

Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss catcher Erik Kratz. Summary:  Erik Kratz is a career minor league player who finally made it to the major leagues at age 30 with the Pirates in 2010. Kratz was impressive as the Phillies back up catcher in 2012 and showed promise that...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz: XBH Machine

Erik Kratz broke open Sunday’s game against the Braves with a three-run double in the first inning. Though the Phillies would eventually lose the contest in dramatic fashion, Kratz had made his presence felt once again in what has been a terrific rookie season. Kratz has a .384 wOBA through 113 plate appearances and a 142 wRC+ — production 42% better than the league average...
Via Phillies Nation
September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Legend of Erik Kratz Grows

We Should Be GMs has been at the forefront of the "Erik Kratz for backup catcher" campaign for the past two season.  The first chapter of his legend was written during a brief stint with the club last September, but that served as merely a teaser.  In the offseason, Amaro insisted on re-signing the washed-up Brian Schneider, thus forcing The Kratzkin back to Triple-A...
Via We Should Be GM's
September 01, 2012  |  1 Comment

Kratz with The Howard, Phillies with the Win

The Howard- a strikeout, error, and homerun all wrapped up in a nifty lil' package by one player in the same game.And for some uncanny reason, the Phillies seem to win any time one of them does it.Today's hero- Erik Kratz.  The career minor leaguer is finally getting a chance to shine at 32 years old and is making the most of the opportunity, batting .333/1.200 in 20 games...
Via We Should Be GM's
August 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Go Ahead and Like Erik Kratz

Is there any less thankless job on a MLB 25-man roster than the backup catcher?  Nah, don't think so.  For the past few years Brian Schneider has been cast in that role for the Phillies, but an injury opened the door for Erik Kratz this season.  Kratz is making the most of the opportunity.  He had a 2 game debut with the Phils in September last year and has only played...
Via We Should Be GM's
August 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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