I was sad to see that former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki has passed away at age 64.

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 day…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, couldn’t make the day much better.

Then again, there was always the hope that I’d get to see Bench play the next day. Except that my family decided, over my strenuous objections, that they’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.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. Always love a good Wayne Krenchicki reference but this one is sad. It’s a loss for the Reds family and MLB family.

  2. Good story chad,same thing happened to me,just different cast,1st time I got tickets for the machine was in st,Louis,walked on air all day just to get to game and see ray knight at 3rd instead of rose,and to top it off,I got good seats by 3rd base dugout and Pete elected to sign by cards dugout pre game,but reds at least reds won 7-3

  3. Just gotta say – Krenchicki did you a favor by playing that day, Chad. Despite your childhood disappointment, none of us needs any more memories of JB playing 3B (none of us have enough of him behind the plate – best ever). And Wayne could pick it. Besides, he had a great last name, and it is fun to see you throw it into Reds conversation almost four decades later. RIP, Wayne.

  4. Chad, your parents are very sorry for that decision. Little did we know how important that missed game would be.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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