Rick Knapp

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Knapp as pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers in 2009.

Richard A. Knapp (born December 11, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former pitching coach for the Major League Baseball Detroit Tigers.[1] Knapp served as the Tigers pitching coach from 2008 until midway through the 2011 season.

Knapp previously served as the minor league pitching coordinator for the Minnesota Twins.[2] Knapp pitched five seasons in the Minor Leagues for the Texas Rangers organization.[2] Knapp attended Virginia Tech and was selected in the 41st round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft.[2]

Knapp was hired by the Tigers in 2008 to replace Chuck Hernandez. He was relieved of his duties with the Detroit Tigers on July 3, 2011.

Knapp was named minor league pitching coordinator by the Kansas City Royals on September 28, 2011.[3]

He joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for the 2013 season as their assistant minor league pitching coordinator.[4] He was promoted to full minor league pitching coordinator in 2015.[5] At the conclusion of the 2016 season he left the Dodgers to assume a new post as International Pitching Coordinator for Major League Baseball.

In 2018, Knapp returned to coaching as the pitching coach for the Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.[6]


  1. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/team/coaches.jsp?c_id=det
  2. ^ a b c http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20081017&content_id=3627845&vkey=pr_det&fext=.jsp&c_id=det
  3. ^ VanOchten, Brian. "Detroit Tigers fire pitching coach Rick Knapp after week of blowout losses". The Grand Rapids Press. Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Dodgers hire former Hokie, promote another
  5. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 12, 2015). "Dodgers announce 2015 minor-league coaching staff". Dodgers.com. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Sandford, Adam (January 10, 2018). "Rays announce minor league coaching staff changes for 2018". DRaysBay.com. Retrieved February 5, 2018.