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Kimberly Knorr, wife of bench coach Randy Knorr, dies

Jun 24, 2015, 1:37 AM EDT

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Kimberly Knorr, the wife of longtime Nationals coach Randy Knorr, died Tuesday, the club announced. She was 45.

Details of the death were not made available, but Randy Knorr wasn’t with the Nationals during Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over the Braves.

“The Washington Nationals are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Kimberly Knorr, the wife of Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr,” general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement released by the club following the game. “Randy and Kimberly have been beloved members of our Nationals family dating back to his days as a player for the Montreal Expos. Kimberly was an exceptionally warm, loving person who devoted much of her time to helping others. We are heartbroken by her loss. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched. On behalf of the entire organization, I extend our deepest sympathies to Randy and all of their family.”

Kimberly Knorr was vice chair of Wheelchairs 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities. A California native, she graduated from Cal State-Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked briefly for a newspaper in Orange County, Calif., before moving with Randy Knorr to Florida in 1994, according to her online bio. She served as a writer and editor for a national children’s charity for three years, then spent 10 years at a national advertising agency as a writer and eventually becoming production director.

Randy and Kimberly Knorr, who reside in Tampa, Fla., during the offseason, were married 22 years. Randy Knorr has been a member of the Nationals franchise since 2001, when he caught 31 games for the Expos. He retired after the 2004 season and immediately began coaching in the organization, which at that point relocated to Washington. He managed at every level of the franchise from 2005-11, then was added to the big-league staff in 2012. He has served as bench coach since then, under both Davey Johnson and Matt Williams.

  1. natsfan1a - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    My sincere sympathies to Coach Knorr and to all who knew and loved his wife. It sounds as though she touched the lives of many and made a difference during her relatively short time in this world.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:41 AM

      Very sad news indeed. Deep condolences to Coach Knorr and those family and friends who knew Ms. Knorr.

  2. wearenationals - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    My condolences to Randy and his family.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Heartbreaking to hear that someone so young left us so soon. Thought, prayer and condolences to Randy and his family. RIP.

  4. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the Knorr family. My sincere condolences.

  5. lovedanats - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    So, so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers, Randy.

  6. scnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Prayers for his family in this obvious difficult time

  7. natsjackinfl - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    I am deeply saddened by this news and send my condolences to Randy on his sudden loss.

  8. natsdial8 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Prayers and thoughts for the Knorr family.

  9. zmunchkin - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    RIP Kimberly Knorr.

    Posts like this put the fact that this is just a game in perspective.

  10. nats106 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Condolences to the Knorr family and the personnel at Wheelchairs4kids. I checked out their website and below is a link.

    http://wheelchairs4kids.org/

  11. micksback1 - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    I just read this…. My prayers are with the Knorr family.

    very very sad

  12. abqnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    My condolences and thoughts to the Knorr family.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    RIP Kimberly.

    Regards to the Knorr family and friends.

  14. Sonny G 10 - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    I am very saddened by this news. My condolences and deepest sympathy to Randy and his family.

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