Kruk to replace Francona in ESPN Sunday booth

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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Kruk then realized "you get more information when you're there than just sitting in the studio."

He hit .300 and had exactly 100 home runs during a big league career from 1986-95 with San Diego, Philadelphia and the Chicago White Sox. His most famous moment occurred during the 1993 All-Star game at Baltimore, when Randy Johnson's first pitch to him was a fastball that sailed way over Kruk's head.

Kruk pounded his heart in jest, flinched at a strike down the middle, flailed at two curveballs and then bowed to Johnson.

Part of the reason for his newfound comfort in the booth is that very few players remain from his time on the field.

"Unless Jamie Moyer comes back," Kruk said, laughing.

Actually, there are a few others, including Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.

Kruk thought he may have been part of Rivera's first game for the Yankees. Actually, it was the fifth appearance for Rivera, a Fourth of July game when he pitched shutout ball for the first time — eight scoreless innings. Kruk took a called third strike and walked twice in Chicago's 4-1 loss.



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