Today’s Tiger: Wayne Krenchicki
Posted on January 10, 2011
- Born: Sept. 17, 1954 in Trenton, N.J.
- Bats: Left Throws: Right
- Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 180 lb.
- Acquired: Traded by the Reds to the Tigers for Pat Underwood on June 30, 1983.
- Seasons in Detroit: 1 (59 games in 1983)
- Uniform Number: 15
- Stats: .278 avg., 1 home run, 16 RBI
The summer of 1983 gave Tigers fans a glimpse of what was to come a year later: a young core of star players ready to move to the next level in the American League East. Detroit was in the race until September when the eventual World Series champion Orioles pulled away for good.
That season also introduced fans — ever-so briefly — to a role player with one of the best names in baseball history: Wayne Krenchicki.
He came to the Tigers in a late-June trade with the Reds for once-promising lefty Pat Underwood. With Alan Trammell nursing injuries, the club needed some infield help.
As he always did with newly acquired players, manager Sparky Anderson put Krenchicki right to work, inserting him in the starting lineup against the Orioles and rookie Storm Davis.
On July 1, batting eighth in the lineup, Krenchicki went hitless in three at bats against Davis and the Tigers lost 9-5. He got his first Tigers hit two days later, a third-inning double off Tim Stoddard, in a 10-1 Tigers win.
In all, Krenchicki appeared in 59 games for the Tigers in 1983, seeing time at every infield position but played primarily at third. His time in Detroit was brief; in November that year, the Reds purchased his contract from the Tigers.
He finished his eight-year big-league career with the Reds and Expos, and retired after the 1986 season.