Veteran receiver Erik Kratz of the New York Yankees, announced that he will not play in the 2021 season, explained Fansided reporter Robert Murray. “My next season will not be as a player, that’s for sure,” Kratz told Murray. “I’m deciding not to play.” This could cause the end of Kratz’s playing career, 40, who made his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.
Since then, Kratz has been part of a number of organizations, most recently the 2020 Yankees, with which he cut an impressive .321 / .367 / .393 (113 wRC + in 30 license plate appearances.
Kratz owns a less productive line of .209 / .256 / .355 (63 wRC +) with 31 HR in 951 at-bats during his MLB career, but has always been regarded as a quality teammate and leader.
That’s more than can be said for the 29th round pick, when the Toronto Blue Jays chose Kratz in 2002. Since then, Erik Floyd Kratz has been a professional player for 19 years.