Erik Kratz recently retired from a 19-year career in professional baseball that included 11 seasons in the Major Leagues. He has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, among others. A 2002 alumnus of Eastern Mennonite University and a member of EMU’s Hall of Honor, he had played four years of Division III ball; his #14 jersey has been retired. In 2019 he was named EMU’s Alumnus of the Year, and was named to the All-World Baseball Team that same year.
Erik’s faith is foundational to his life, work and relationships. “Every day when I wake up, honoring Him is my goal,” he said.
Now Erik is coaching baseball for the middle-school team at Dock Mennonite Academy, not far from where he grew up about 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Erik, his wife, Sarah, and their three children attend Souderton (PA) Mennonite Church.
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