Kruk, not Schilling, will be Phillies' Wall of Famer this year

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Posted: June 16, 2011

In a stunning development, Curt Schilling will not be inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Instead, the honor this year will go to a another member of the 1993 team who left town on slightly better terms.

The Phillies announced yesterday that they will honor John Kruk as the 33rd member of their Wall of Fame in their annual induction ceremony, scheduled before the Aug. 12 game against the Washington Nationals.

Kruk was one of the stars of the 1993 postseason, hitting .298 with five extra-base hits, 11 walks, nine RBI and eight runs scored before the Phillies' magical season ended at the hands of Joe Carter and the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the World Series.

In six seasons with the Phillies, Kruk hit .309 with a .400 on-base percentage and .461 slugging percentage, playing in 744 games at first base and in the outfield. Kruk retired in 1995 at age 34 after hitting .308 with a .399 on-base percentage and .390 slugging percentage in 45 games for the White Sox. Kruk, a career .300 hitter, retired after 10 seasons with 100 home runs, 592 RBI, 582 runs, and one glorious mullet. He now works for ESPN.

Schilling, who went 101-78 with a 3.35 ERA in nine seasons in Philadelphia before demanding a trade and winning World Series titles in Arizona and Boston, was in his first year on the ballot along with catcher Mike Lieberthal.

Others who were on the ballot: Larry Christenson, Lenny Dykstra, Jim Fregosi, Greg Gross, Jim Konstanty (deceased), Von Hayes, Ron Reed, Jimmie Wilson (deceased) and Rick Wise.

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