I was sad to see that former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki has passed away at age 64.
— Eduardo Perez (@PerezEd) October 16, 2018
Krenchicki — a University of Miami baseball Hall of Famer — played parts of four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, from 1982 to 1985. He was a solid backup infielder who spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues, also toiling for the Tigers, Orioles, and Expos.
Perhaps his most lasting achievement with Cincinnati was the fact that he was traded to Montreal for Norm Charlton just prior to the 1986 season. Charlton, of course, would go on to fame as a member of the 1990 “Nasty Boys” bullpen for the champion Reds.
If you’ve been around here long, or listened to the podcast, you know that I’ve always talked about Krenchicki with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Krenchicki, through no fault of his own, was at the center of one of my first great disappointments as a Reds fan:
I recall the first game I ever attended in person, at Riverfront Stadium. All I wanted was to see Johnny Bench, in his final season, now playing mostly third base. It was a glorious dayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦until the starting lineups were announced, and I saw that Wayne Krenchicki was starting at the hot corner. Even the fact that Gary Redus stole third and home, and the Reds won 4-3, couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make the day much better.
Then again, there was always the hope that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d get to see Bench play the next day. Except that my family decided, over my strenuous objections, that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d prefer to spend the day at Kings Island instead of going to the ballgame. Really.
I had always hoped to get Krenchicki to appear as a guest on the podcast. Unfortunately, he’s gone way too soon. RIP.