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May 13, 1994 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Kruk, a longtime resident of the Phillies' Macho Row, admitted he was hurting yesterday, his right knee and his psyche both in serious pain. The first baseman went on the 15-day disabled list, and this morning at Thomas Jefferson Hospital he will have arthroscopic surgery to clean out stray particles and soft cartilage in the knee. Team doctor Phillip Marone estimated that Kruk would be out of uniform for about three weeks, which seemed to trouble his patient as much as the offending cartilage.
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May 2, 2011 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
No one had to tell John Kruk to make himself at home. It's been 17 years since he wore a Phillies uniform, but he said it feels like he never took it off. Before the Fightin's played the Mets on ESPN Sunday night, the Baseball Tonight analyst - who's also doing new segments for the network called "Best Seat in the House" and "Top Ballpark Food" - gripped and grinned with various people all over Citizens Bank Park. Some he knew. Others, such as the ticket staff, he met for the first time.
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April 6, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Kruk said yesterday that, despite what you heard from Dave Hollins earlier in the week, he wasn't quite ready to limp off into the sunset. If any team wants him, though, it's going to have to come and get him. "I ain't retiring - not that I know of, anyway," Kruk said yesterday from his home in Keyser, W. Va. "But I ain't going to Homestead, either. " The Players Association will open a "tryout" camp tomorrow in Homestead, Fla., to allow the nearly 200 unsigned free agents to practice and display their skills.
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March 18, 1994 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is the way baseball stars are born. A veteran is hurt and, finally given a chance, his longtime backup prospers. For some other player, maybe. Things don't ever seem to work that way for Ricky Jordan. "Something always seems to happen," Jordan said. When he wasn't traded this winter, he thought that perhaps he could force a belated deal by publicly griping, at last, about still being a Phillies backup. Afterward, although they kept things quiet, there were indications the Phils had renewed efforts to trade Jordan.
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January 27, 1994 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ricky Jordan, the frustrated first-baseman stuck behind John Kruk, signed a one-year contract with the Phillies yesterday. Jordan will earn $1.1 million in 1994, a figure exactly between the $1.2 million he was asking in arbitration and the $1 million the Phils offered. He made $1 million last season, when, as the Phils' best pinch-hitter, he batted .289 with five homers and 18 RBIs. Each spring Jordan, 28, accepts his role behind Kruk, but makes it clear that someday soon he wants to play regularly somewhere.
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April 25, 1998 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was a coincidence that the Phillies erupted for seven fifth-inning runs minutes after John Kruk, in town to do some promotional work for a sporting-goods company, was shown on the Phanavision and given a lengthy standing ovation last night. Then again, Kruk has always had a magical spell on this ball club. For proof, consult the 1993 record books. For more proof, consult last night's shocking developments as the Phillies jolted the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-4, before 15,208 fans at Veterans Stadium.
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April 19, 1994 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Eisenreich doesn't have a future in broadcasting. The Phillies outfielder was sure Mike Piazza's three-run homer was a soft foul ball. And he was convinced his own ninth-inning ground ball was going to end up in Gary Wayne's glove. Wrong on his first forecast, it was the rightfielder's good fortune to be mistaken about his second, too. His modest ninth-inning grounder just skipped past Wayne, and Eisenreich beat Delino DeShields' desperate throw as John Kruk scored from third and the Phillies defeated the Dodgers, 5-4, last night at Veterans Stadium.
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June 25, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was a familiar, you should pardon the expression, figure at first base for the Phillies yesterday. But there was another stranger on the mound, and that fact, you should pardon the expression, outweighed John Kruk's return. After missing five games with a strained groin, Kruk went 2 for 4 with an RBI double that never made it beyond the pitcher's mound. But starter Mickey Weston's Phillies debut lasted only 3 2/3 innings, and the Montreal Expos thumped the Phils, 8-1. Weston, a 31-year-old righthander making his first National League start and his first in the majors since 1990, sat at a clubhouse table after the game and sipped a root-beer float so slowly that it could have been a last meal.
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April 21, 1993 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was just past midnight when John Kruk cut a hole through the wind. "He really nailed that ball," said Phils manager Jim Fregosi. Kruk's league-leading fifth home run, with two outs in the 14th inning this morning, gave the Phillies a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres, their second straight extra-inning win. "I didn't think it was going out when I hit it," said Kruk. "The wind was blowing in. Tony (Gwynn) hit one that I thought was out in the first inning, and Lenny Dykstra caught it on the track.
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July 18, 1993 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The heck with Pete Rose and Ray Fosse. The heck with Reggie's homer off the light standard. The heck with Ted Williams' homer off the eephus pitch. They may all be great moments in All-Star Game history, true. But from here on, Week in Review's favorite all-star memory will be none of those things. No way. Our most memorable moment now is a strikeout. John Kruk versus Randy Johnson on Tuesday. Get your commemorative videotapes. "That was probably the National League highlight for this game," said an appreciative Andy Van Slyke after his league's sixth straight all-star loss.
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March 7, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - Larry Bowa tapped his knuckles on the wooden bench in the visitors' dugout at Steinbrenner Field Wednesday morning before answering the question. "For some reason," he said, "I've never had arm problems. I always threw. I remember throwing in Little League with my dad who was an excellent baseball player. The one thing we did every day was throw the baseball. " Bowa, at 69, is still throwing it. In fact, you will not find an older man in baseball still throwing batting practice.
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July 18, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
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July 9, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE OLD SAYING goes: "If you snooze, you lose. " Unless you're 26-year-old Andrew Rector. His motto is: "If you snooze, you get to sue for $10 million. " Rector was caught napping by ESPN cameras during a Yankees-Red Sox "Sunday Night Baseball" game on April 13. He is suing announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman and ESPN, MLB and the Yankees for defamation. Rector is represented by Valentine Okwara, of Jamaica, N.Y. Smoking Gun obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed in Bronx Supreme Court.
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June 18, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Some days leave an imprint so deep they can never be forgotten. Thirty minutes alone in the home dugout at Jack Murphy Stadium with Tony Gwynn Sr. qualifies as one of those days. As approachable as your best friend, Gwynn agreed on an April day in 1992 to do an interview about John Kruk. The two men shared a body type that defied their elite athleticism and each had the ability to hit laserlike line drives with a baseball bat. They had entered the professional ranks together in 1981 in Walla Walla, Wash., site of the San Diego Padres' single-A affiliate in the Northwestern League.
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February 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Curt Schilling, one of the Phillies' all-time greatest pitchers and a current ESPN analyst, revealed Wednesday that he has cancer. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer. " Schilling did not disclose the specific nature of his illness. The network was unclear about whether Schilling, 47, will assume his duties this season as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday night telecasts.
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April 22, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been 20 years since Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Hollins, Mitchy-Poo, and Schilling captivated the city with an improbable worst-to-first run that did not end until Toronto's Joe Carter launched a World Series-ending home run into the left-field seats at the SkyDome. Throughout this season, The Inquirer will profile one of the cast of characters from that unforgettable 1993 team.   This week's profile: John Kruk. Age: 52 Last game: July 30, 1995, with the Chicago White Sox. Current job: Baseball analyst at ESPN.
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October 17, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's wait till next year for the Phillies - and not just for team. A building-size mural featuring its greatest players was originally expected to be unveiled over the summer, but don't expect to see it as you're driving the Schuylkill Expressway before spring. Where is clear: the west side of a building at 24th and Walnut Streets, just south of the Walnut Street Bridge. Who was finalized in January, when fans voted for Carlos Ruiz and Greg Luzinski to join an array of other players and coaches - as well as broadcasters, three stadiums and the Phanatic - around gigantic likenesses of sluggers Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard.
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January 6, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fans have selected the final two players for a giant Phillies mural in Center City: Chooch and the Bull. Current catcher Carlos Ruiz and former outfielder Greg Luzinski, that is. After about 10,000 fan votes for the final spot, they were so close both were selected, according to the club. Their likenesses have already been added to a mock-up of the colorful design that, sometime this summer, will cover eight stories of a building at 24th and Walnut Streets. Facing the Schuylkill, the mural, created by artist David McShane, will easily be seen from cars on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76)
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August 26, 2011
O BSERVATIONS, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . John Kruk was a relatively little guy - 5-10, 170 - when he was drafted twice In the third round in 1981, first in the defunct January special phase by the Pirates, then in the defunct June secondary phase by the Padres. He signed with the Padres. Even when he was point-guard size - and, yes, Krukker was a slick point guard at Keyser HS in West Virginia. I used to know a guy who was a Kruk teammate and he said John was Division I material.
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August 14, 2011
John Kruk became the newest Phillie to join the club's Wall of Fame before Friday night's game against Washington. A bronze plaque bearing Kruk's likeness was unveiled by Jim Eisenreich as the Phillies began Alumni Weekend. The 50-year-old Kruk, who played for the raucous 1993 team that lost to Toronto in the World Series, was introduced by Darren Daulton. "This is the greatest place I've ever been," Kruk said as he addressed the crowd at Citizens Bank Park. "I met my wife here.
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