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Richard Alan Kranitz

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Pitcher Rick Kranitz was selected in the 1979 amateur draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched five years in the Brewers' chain, and two years in the Chicago Cubs' chain.

Kranitz started coaching in the Cubs' organization in 1984. He was the pitching coach for the Pikeville Cubs (1984), Winston-Salem Spirits (1985-1986), Wytheville Cubs (1987), Peoria Chiefs (1988-1989), Charlotte Knights (1990-1991), Iowa Cubs (1992), and Orlando Cubs (1993). He was the Cubs' minor league pitching coordinator in 1994-1995 and the assistant pitching coach from 1996-1998. He was the pitching coach at Iowa in 1999, and was the Cubs' assistant pitching coordinator in 2000-2001. After spending 2002 on the Cubs big league staff, he managed the Daytona Cubs in 2003, and was pitching coach at Iowa for the third time in 2004-2005. He has was the Florida Marlins pitching coach from 2006 to 2007. Kranitz replaced Leo Mazzone as the Baltimore Orioles new pitching coach on October 17, 2007, occupying the position from 2008 to 2010. In 2011, he became the Brewers' pitching coach.

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