Fall 2021 SS Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Erik Kratz - New York Yankees Catcher

BONUS EPISODE

Selected in the 29th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, Erik Kratz has lived the pro baseball life for the past 18 years. He waited eight years until finally making his MLB debut in July 2010 at the age of 30 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His MLB journey has taken him from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, Toronto, Kansas City, back to Philadelphia, Houston, Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees in 2017.

In 2018, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and was part of a team that came within one game of the World Series. In the 2018 NLDS against Colorado, Kratz went 5-for-7 with two RBIs, including a three-hit performance in the clinching Game 3. He was the oldest player to make his postseason debut since Lave Cross of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1905.

In 2019, Kratz played for four different teams, including Milwaukee, San Francisco, Tampa and again with the Yankees.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Kratz about how his life and his baseball journey is currently being affected by the coronavirus outbreak, his thoughts on returning to play this season, his hope to play in the Olympics, and the lesson God has taught him during these last few weeks in quarantine.

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