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John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

Aug 12, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

John Kruk - 89 Topps

The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame.

Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year.

Kruk is better known now for his big appetite and mouth, but he was an excellent first baseman for the Phillies for six years.  He was an All-Star each year from 1991-93, and he received MVP votes all three seasons.  He finished second to Barry Bonds in the NL in OBP in both 1992 and ’93.  He also finished sixth in the league in OPS both seasons.

Since he had a short career — he didn’t debut until age 25 and he walked off the field and into retirement at age 34 — Kruk didn’t compile much in the way of career numbers.  He ended up with just 100 homers and 592 RBI.  Still, his .309/.400/.461 line in six seasons with the Phillies makes him a worthy choice for the wall.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    He was an enjoyable player to watch.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    This is my spin on the Phillies wall of fame. First of all, it’s political nonsense. They elected Kruk to the wall before Schilling. Really? Why? Because Schilling shot his mouth off (and rightfully so) to the Phillies brass because they were cheap. Kruk was a good baseball player when he played for the Phils. Better than or more of an impact than Schiiling? No way. The Phillies’ wall of fame is a joke. They put Daulton on it last year, he was an OK catcher a few years for the Phillies and talked to lizards about the coming of 2012 end of the world nonsense. Hahahahahaahaahah!!!!

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      There’s some truth to that. On performance alone, Schilling and Dykstra would have gotten in ahead of Daulton and Kruk.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        I think Dykstra’s problems pretty much prohibit him from being on anybody’s wall of fame anytime ever….unless the California penal league has one.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        Of course, Matt. The wall of fame in Philly is a political wall. It’s purely PR stuff. That’s why any Phillies fan with half a brain cell knows this to be the case.

      • mrfloydpink - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:20 PM

        May need to double check my math on this, but If 1/2 brain cell is the cutoff, then that means that roughly 5% of Phillies fans are aware that the wall of fame is BS? Right?

      • 78mu - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:41 PM

        If Dykstra makes the wall will he be pictured wearing an orange jump suit?

  3. shmed105 - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Kruk is the man!!!

  4. natstowngreg - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Looking at the list of players already inducted, Kruk certainly belongs. Though my lasting image of him as a hitter is facing Randy Johnson in an All-Star Game, totally bailing out of the batter’s box, and getting the heck out of there as quickly as possible. Hilarious.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      BTW, nice gesture by the Phillies to honor Philadelphia A’s.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      “Looking at the list of players already inducted, Kruk certainly belongs.”

      Are you serious? He belongs on the way with the same group as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts. Do you realise that those (3) guys are in the MLB hall of Fame?

      • natstowngreg - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        Sorry, but it seems you didn’t read the list. Chris Short? Johnny Callison? John Vukovich? Juan Samuel? Nothing against them, but I’m not seeing why Kruk shouldn’t be able to join that company.

        If you want to limit the wall (or ring, or whatever) of honor the greatest players, then adopt the criteria the Nats use for their ring of honor:

        1. Spent several seasons with the Senators, Expos, or Homestead Grays.

        2. Be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        Nats, I agree with what you are saying. You said “If you want to limit the wall (or ring, or whatever) of honor the greatest players, then adopt the criteria the Nats use for their ring of honor:”

        I could not agree with you more. That’s why Kruk does not qualify with your criteria. Kruk was only here a few years but wasn’t enough of an impact player. However, Schilling was here for the brunt of his career and was clearly the best player on their team. This is my point.

      • spudchukar - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:01 PM

        John Kruk was no Johnny Callison.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        I agree about Schilling, but he’s not in the Baseball Hall of Fame yet. He would not qualify for the Nats’ ring of honor. Frank Howard, the best and most popular player of the ’60s-era Senators, doesn’t qualify (though he has a statue in the ballpark).

        Yes, Kruk is no Callison. In some ways, Kruk was better.
        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/callijo01.shtml
        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/krukjo01.shtml

        I recall Callison being in the second-tier of NL outfielders in the ’60s, a time when yould pick an All-Star Game lineup from among Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Robinson (before he was traded to the Orioles).

  5. bloodysock - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    The fact that the Phille Phanatic is not in there already is a travesty!

    • gammagammahey - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

      Phuck that guy. There isn’t a person affiliated with baseball that I hate more.

  6. klink6224 - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    “I’m not an athlete… I’m a baseball player”… John Kruk

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    It’s a disgrace that Schilling isn’t on the wall. Dude was one of the best pitchers in the franchise history. His game 5 World Series performance was one of the greatest games I have ever seen. 2-0 Shutout and 147 pitches to keep the season alive after wild doofus blew a big lead in game 4. He gets a bad rap because of his big mouth…and he did and still does have a big mouth…but there’s only a handful of guys I want pitching in a big spot in a playoff series and he is one of them.

    Until he is on that wall, the entire thing is a joke.

  8. hank10 - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    His best line may have been “You don’t have the guts to succeed here.” when commenting on athletes who complain about playing in Philly in front the tough fan base.

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