Erik Kratz grew up by the Bucks-Montgomery county line, attended Dock Mennonite Academy in Lansdale, and played with the Philadelphia Phillies for four years during his 9-team career as an MLB catcher. Now, he gets to announce their games on 94WIP.
Area native and former Philadelphia Phillies backup catcher Erik Kratz — who appeared in his final game nearly a year ago at age 40 — recently got what was likely his first chance to watch a game in the Citizens Bank Park stands for the first time in a while.
The Crawfish Boxes
After news broke of the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme in 2017, the sports world did not hesitate in branding the club as an outcast of despicable cheaters. Such a strong reaction was for the most part understandable. Cheating had existed in baseball for more than a century and stealing signs is perhaps as old as the game itself, but the particular utilization of high tech to relay signs to hitters in real-time with smooth efficiency led to many dubbing the scandal the most egregious in baseball since the 1919 Black Sox.
Former catcher Erik Kratz recently levied some eyebrow-raising allegations of sign-stealing against a couple of National League teams while a guest with John J. Filippelli and Kevin Sullivan on Curtain Call of the YES Network. When asked for his opinion about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Kratz said, “I can tell you that a team that has been to the World Series often recently, we caught them doing something almost similar.”
Former Brewers catcher Erik Kratz, a key contributor to the Brewers' 2018 postseason run, chatted about the Houston Astros cheating scandal on the YES Network's "Curtain Call" podcast and said he knew of another team using a similar tactic: The Colorado Rockies team that Milwaukee faced in the playoffs. Kratz's...
The Houston Astros may not have been the only team using technology to steal signs in the last few years—just the most effective at it. According to former catcher Erik Kratz, the Colorado Rockies may have also devised a system to use monitors near the dugout to help relay which pitches were coming with the help of a massage gun and a metal bench.
Former New York Yankees catcher Erik Kratz accused Colorado Rockies of sign stealing in 2018 in a podcast that was dropped on Friday by the YES Network, which is the television home of the Yankees. Kratz, who was on the Milwaukee Brewers when the Rockies faced the Brewers in the...
Even though Erik Kratz is no longer an official member of the New York Yankees, he still appears to be on the attack in favor of the team, exposing more cheating across the league. Though we don’t know the details of what the rest of MLB is up to, we’re...
Sometimes, you have a career like Derek Jeter and you stay in one place for 20 years. And sometimes, you have a career like Erik Kratz. The veteran catcher retired after finishing the 2020 season with the Yankees. It was his 19th professional season in a career that included more than two dozen different major and minor league ballparks that he called home.
Augusta Free Press
EMU hosted the third Athletics Fireside Gathering of the year, and while it gave Royals fans an inside look into EMU Athletics, most of the hour-long session was spent talking with former Major League Baseball player Erik Kratz. Kratz, a 2002 alumnus of Eastern Mennonite and a member of EMU’s...