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York Catholic High graduate to head baseball operations department for MLB franchise

STEVE HEISER
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Nick Krall
  • Nick Krall will head the Cincinnati Reds baseball operations department.
  • Krall, 42, is a 1995 York Catholic High School graduate.
  • Krall played for Shiloh, the York Yankees and Jefferson in the Central League.

A York Catholic High School graduate is continuing his steady ascent up the Major League Baseball front-office ladder.

The Cincinnati Reds on Monday announced that Nick Krall, who had been the team’s vice president and general manager, has been promoted and will now head the team's entire baseball operations department. He will also retain his GM title. 

Krall, 42, will assume the duties previously held by Dick Williams, who resigned on Oct. 7. The Reds are eliminating the president of baseball operations title that Williams had held. Krall previously worked under Williams. Krall will now report directly to Reds owner and chief executive officer Bob Castellini. 

HEISER: For York Catholic High graduate Nick Krall, long baseball climb reaches new peak

Krall graduated from York Catholic in 1995, where he was a catcher on the baseball team. During his time in York County, Krall also played for several teams in the Central League, including Shiloh, the York Yankees and Jefferson.

By his own admission, Krall wasn’t a standout player. He later fell just short in his bid to walk on for the powerhouse Louisiana State University baseball team.

Start of his baseball career: After graduating from LSU, Krall got an internship for the New Jersey Cardinals of the New York-Penn League, and later joined the Oakland Athletics in 2001, working in the baseball operations department, where he got to do a little bit of everything, including spending some time with the A’s as a bat boy.

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Krall previously said his time with Oakland turned out to be one of the great learning experiences of his career. He worked under legendary GM Billy Beane during the “Moneyball” season of 2002, when a low-budget Oakland team improbably won 103 games, including a 20-game winning streak, and captured the American League West title, all while using a sophisticated sabermetric approach toward scouting and analyzing players.

Since that time, using analytics has become all the rage for many MLB franchises.

In 2003, Krall landed a job with the Reds, where he slowly worked his way up through the team’s ranks before getting promoted from assistant GM to GM and now to head of baseball operations.

York County days: Krall had previously said that his years in York County helped prepare him for his baseball career.

“My dad (Steve) played for Vikings (in the Central League) when I was a little kid,” Krall said. “I grew up going to games. I just really enjoyed baseball.”

Other than his father, Krall said one of his top local baseball mentors was his manager at Shiloh, Steve Gilbert.

“I knew Steve since I was a kid,” Krall said. “He was looking for some young kids to sit the bench for Shiloh. I got six at-bats my first season, but it was a great learning experience being around the older guys. The whole team was great to me. I was just a kid, but they helped me get better and look at the game differently.”

Reds coming off playoff appearance: Krall will lead a Reds franchise that went 31-29 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, making the National League playoffs. The Reds were eliminated in the NL Wild Card Round by the Atlanta Braves.

"We are excited for Nick to assume the lead over our baseball operations,” Castellini said in a statement. “His hands-on approach as General Manager gives us the opportunity to reinstate that role as the top position in our baseball department and keep the years of hard work that happened under his purview producing stronger, more competitive teams.”

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.