(September 17, 1954 – October 16, 2018)
Former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki passed away Tuesday at the age of 64. He also played for the Orioles, Tigers, and Expos, as well as the Senior Professional Baseball League, and went on to manage in the minor leagues.
— Frontier League (@FLProBaseball) October 17, 2018
The Atlantic League joins the baseball community in mourning the loss of Wayne Krenchicki, who passed away at the age of 64 on Tuesday.
— Atlantic League (@AtlanticLg) October 17, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Red Wings All-Star INF Wayne Krenchicki.
Krenchicki played in 309 games for the Wings from 1978-81. RIP, Wayne 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZRQM0qZF4L
— Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) October 18, 2018
— Eduardo Perez (@PerezEd) October 16, 2018
— Pro Star Management (@prostarmgmt) October 17, 2018
Back in 2007 when I headed up Baseball Operations for the Newark Bears minor league baseball team, John Brandt & I hired Wayne Krenchicki as manager, and we won the Atlantic League title.
Chick passed away yesterday at 64.
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) October 17, 2018
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame is saddened to learn of the passing of UMSHoF member Wayne Krenchicki…a 1990 inductee and a great guy. Prayers go out to his family and friends and all Canes fans who watched him play.https://t.co/g0SwmANa1i
— @umsportshalloffame (@UMSHoF) October 17, 2018
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hurricanes great Wayne Krenchicki. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/udLW1Fu0wF
— Canes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) October 17, 2018
Remembering former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki (1954-2018): https://t.co/cncBa4wEPy
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) October 17, 2018
RIP #Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki (1982-85), best known for photo in 1982 Media Guide. Reds used White-Out on mustache that violated facial hair ban when acquired from #Orioles as spring training opened. Chicki, 64, was mgr of Evansville @EvilleOtters. pic.twitter.com/gO3jdLDKrR
— John Kiesewetter (@TVKiese) October 18, 2018
RIP Wayne Krenchicki. #MLB infielder with #Orioles, #Reds, #Tigers, and #Expos. A 1st round draft pick in 1976, the #UniversityOfMiami labeled him their best SS in school history! [His Story: https://t.co/XBxGuLUsTT] (Image = 1980 #Topps) pic.twitter.com/YOdoGtCL4T
— Baseball Almanac (@BaseballAlmanac) October 17, 2018
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?