Could Kranitz end up in pinstripes?
While the Orioles coaches are waiting to hear whether they are coming back, the coaching carousel continues to turn throughout baseball.
And you have to wonder whether Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz’s ride may stop in the Bronx.
After 22 years in the Chicago Cubs organization, Kranitz was given his big break to be a big-league pitching coach in 2006 by the Florida Marlins new manager (and longtime Cub) Joe Girardi.
Girardi spent just one season with the Marlins before leaving due to a scrap with ownership, but it was a successful year. Girardi won the NL Manager of the Year Award and Kranitz was named by Baseball America as the Major League Coach of the Year for his work with the Marlins’ young hurlers.
Kranitz eventually joined the Orioles as pitching coach in 2008 and Girardi ended up with the New York Yankees that year, leading them to last year’s World Series title.
With news today that the Yankees have fired pitching coach Dave Eiland, and knowing that Kranitz could be out with the Orioles, it only makes sense that there could be a reunion between Girardi and Kranitz with the Yankees.
Girardi currently is without a Yankees’ contract for 2011, but general manager Brian Cashman has gone on record saying that getting Girardi signed is a top priority. When and if that happens, don’t be surprised if Kranitz’s name surfaces as a candidate for the Yankees’ pitching coach opening.