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, Philadelphia, Houston, Pittsburgh and the 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 RBI, including a three-hit game 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, Erik played for four different teams including Milwaukee, San Francisco, Tampa and back to the Yankees.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Erik 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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