The 2019 campaign will mark Rick Kranitz's first with the Braves organization and his 19th season on a major league coaching staff ... Served as Philadelphia's pitching coach last season, his first in that role after he was named to the position on December 1, 2017 ... Originally joined the Phillies as bullpen coach on October 21, 2015 and then had his role changed to assistant pitching coach for 2017 ... Spent five years (2011-15) as Milwaukee's pitching coach ... Served as the pitching coach for both Florida (2006-07) and Baltimore (2008-10) ... Named Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America in 2006 ... Spent 22 years (1984-2005) in Chicago's (NL) organization as a coach at both the major and minor league levels ... Managed the 2003 season for Daytona (A) ... Had stints as the major league assistant pitching coach (1996-98; 2000-01) and bullpen coach (2002) for the Cubs ... Coached in the minor leagues at Pikeville (R, 1984), Winston-Salem (A, 1985-86), Wytheville (R, 1987), Peoria (A, 1988-89), Charlotte (AA, 1990-91), Iowa (AAA, 1992; 1999; 2004-05) and Orlando (AA, 1993) ... Worked two seasons (1994-95) as the Cubs' minor league pitching coordinator.
Originally drafted in 1977 by St. Louis (January) and Los Angeles (NL) (June), but opted to remain in college...Drafted again in the fourth round by Milwaukee in 1979 ... Pitched five seasons (1979-83) in their farm system and two seasons (1984-85) in the Cubs' minor league system.
Wife's name is Kelly and the couple has four children: daughters Paige, Christin and Allie, and son Matthew ... A graduate of Apollo High School (AZ), attended Yavapai Junior College (AZ) and was a member of the school's 1977 National Championship team… Also attended Oklahoma State University for two years.