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.