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John Kruk is replacing Terry Francona on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball”

Dec 3, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

John Kruk -- Baseball Tonight - 2005

ESPN announced that John Kruk will replace Terry Francona as a “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst after Francona left the network to become the Indians’ manager.

Francona joined the broadcast this year after Bobby Valentine left ESPN to become the Red Sox’s manager, basically swapping jobs with Francona.

Kruk will join holdovers Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the three-man booth. He’s been part of ESPN’s studio team since 2004, appearing on “Baseball Tonight” and other shows.

And if Kruk gets hired as a manager next year you know something weird is happening in that booth.

  1. chill1184 - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    “Alright I’ll get to enjoy clear, unbiased, intelligent and precise baseball analysis when I watch Sunday Night baseball on ESPN!”

    – no one

  2. Lukehart80 - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    What I admire about ESPN is how they are always striving to make their product worse.

  3. shanabartels - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    God help us all.

  4. skids003 - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I like Kruk, he brings some fresh air to it. He’s alot more knowledgeable than you think.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      I hope so, because I think he’s an idiot.

    • paperlions - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      He must hide it well.

    • hermitfool - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      He’s so knowledgeable I bet he spells a lot as one word.

      • skids003 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        I used the Yankee spelling so you would understand it.

      • astrofaninkc - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Oh, I see what you did there.

    • cur68 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Well there’s a collection of words in a sentence about Jon Kruk that I never thought I’d see. “He’s alot (sic) more knowledgeable than you think”

      In fact I find McCarver to be more insightful than Kruk. And yeah, that’s cold.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM


      • Utley's Hair - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Damn, man. What did the Krukker ever do to you, kick your beaver?

      • skids003 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        I was wondering when you would come on here with a stupid comment cur. What’s it like to go through life thinking you’re smarter than everyone?

      • cur68 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        UH: I have nothing really against Kruk as a person. He seems to do no harm. He’s just, at best, boring to listen to and, at worst, painfully un-funny and obvious. McCarver at least can be funny. He once referred to ball hit into Brian Wilson’s beard as a ground ruled double. Pretty funny. I wish I’d thought of that. Mind you, he is a low bar to get over, so Krukker’s really not setting the world on fire with his Krukishness.

        As for skids(insertnumberhere)’s question: he must have to say that to alot(sic) of people.

      • skids003 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:01 AM

        Not really cur, just idiots like you.

  5. Jeff - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I hope he lays off the cold cuts because i’m tired of seeing the grease coming out his pores

  6. Ralph - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Excellent, just one more reason to never watch ESPN again.

  7. mrwillie - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I’d rather watch baseball on QVC.

  8. a125125125 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Does ESPN have stock in remote control manufacturers? Because between Kruk and Berman, I’ve worn out 15 mute buttons in the last three years.

  9. timpaz - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    This guy was horrible doing the girls softball World Series and now Espn promotes him to do MLB, must work cheap.

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