Whatever happened to Wayne Krenchicki?

Wayne Krenchicki is a former major league ballplayer who played with the Orioles, Reds, Tigers, and Expos in the 1970s and 80s. He was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 8th round in 1972, but did not sign. Four years later the Orioles selected Krenchicki in the 7th round. This time, Wayne put his John Hancock on a contract.

After a few years in Baltimore, Krenchicki was sent to Cincinnati to complete a trade for Paul Moskau in 1982. Wayne spent the 1982 season and part of 1983 with the Reds, but was shipped off to Detroit for Pat Underwood. Cincinnati management decided they wanted ol’ Wayne back, though, so in November they purchased his contract from Detroit. Krenchicki played all of 1984 and 1985 with the Reds, but was once again sent away prior to the 1986 season. This time, though, he was involved in a trade of real value. The Reds received future Nasty Boy Norm Charlton from the Expos as a part of the deal.

Krenchicki played 101 games for Montreal in 1986, his last big league season. So what has Wayne been up to for all these years?

In 1989 and 1990, Krenchicki played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association. After that league folded, Wayne was hired by the Brewers as a minor league instructor from 1991-1994. Since 1995 he has managed a number of independent minor league teams, including the 2007 Atlantic League champions Newark Bears.

Currently, Krenchicki can be found calling the plays for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.

It is great that a person can make a living by doing something he truly loves, something that many others do purely for recreation. To play in the big leagues is a huge accomplishment, and to become a manager after your playing days are over is awesome. But really, does any of that justify grading a Wayne Krenchicki baseball card?


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Posted on June 14, 2009, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Some of these cards that are graded on eBay are a joke. If the card is not even worth a quarter why get it graded? I guess we know it is mint though.

    • I dont know about Wayne Krenchicki as a player. I was just a teen girl and not that much into baseball then, But I do know Wayne as a friend now and I wouldnt trade him for the world. I know this is a site for the fans of baseball, but what abaout the fan of the person?

      • This site is not just for baseball fans! We welcome all who are respectful toward others and I am happy you stumbled across the blog. Feel free to return anytime.

      • Yea…had the pleasure to know him on the hard wood court..he was a member of a champion all-state team in Trenton back ingthe early 70’s. I was a cross-town rival for years but never really developed the status in playing basketball .. only a division II basket ball player at DePauw University..in Indiana..as he did on the baseball diamond. He was well received by all the people and media in Trenton and I wish him the best as he is still pursuing the game he loves..in Indiana now. As for me I am now residing in Tokyo, Japan where I have been a teacher at three universities (ESL).. Wayne Hutchins.. class of 72..tell him hello for me and I can concur…he was a great competitor, dedicated to his games (e.g soccer, basketball and baseball)and always brought the best out of his opponents.I am sure a great friend too.. … Wayne Hutchins… Tokai Unversity, Tokyo, Japan

        Trenton, New Jersey resident (1954-72) Wayneh_0925@msn.com

  2. I don’t know. I wouldn’t mind having a Mario Soto or Kurt Stillwell card graded, even though it would mean nothing to anyone else. But being my favorite players, it would mean something to me. I guess if Krenchicki is someone’s favorite player, it might be cool to have a graded card of his.

  3. Growing up, I was a Reds fan and despite the bad seasons I loved players like Brad Lesley, Gary Redus, and of course Krenchicki. Thanks for the update on him.

  4. Is Wayne still coaching for Evansville?

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