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May 17, 1995 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Writer
The image in the commercial was so disturbing, it could be one reason attendance at major league baseball games is down more than 20 percent. A beautiful woman morphs into the puckering mug of John Kruk as narrator Billy Crystal implores the viewer to "kiss and make up. " The problem was that when Kruk did the ESPN spot signaling baseball's return, the former Phillie wanted no part of it anymore. "Nobody thought I was coming back, and I didn't think I was coming back, either," said Kruk, who signed with the Chicago White Sox last Friday.
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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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April 4, 1995 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Maybe the heart of the Phillies is here, but the funny bone won't be coming. Not today, not tomorrow, not this year. Not only is John Kruk no longer a Phillie, he may be a major league no-show all season. Or longer. "I just talked to him a couple of days ago," Phillies' Dave Hollins said. "I don't know if Kruk is going to play this year. He said he's thinking of retiring. Gave away his bats and glove. He really has no desire right now to play. " The funny bone is in a rut, Hollins said.
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April 4, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Jayson Stark contributed to this article
It's a foregone conclusion that John Kruk won't be a Phillie this year. Now he's told at least one ex-teammate that he might not be playing baseball anywhere in 1995. Dave Hollins said yesterday that Kruk, the slow-walking, quick-witted first baseman who epitomized the scruffy, pennant-winning '93 Phillies, was considering retirement at age 34. "We'll miss him in the clubhouse," said Hollins, back in camp for the first time after the nearly eight-month baseball strike ended.
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February 22, 1995 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The bottle manufacturing plant in West Virginia where John Kruk's mother and father used to work was closed down recently, putting 250 people out of work. That, Kruk suggested, is real life. That, he reminds himself, is why there is no need to feel sorry for himself. Sure, about this time last year, he was discovered to have testicular cancer. Surgery and subsequent radiation therapy left him weak for the entire season. Sure, the defending National League champion Phillies struggled early and had long been out of the race by the time the strike halted play after the games of Aug. 11. Sure, a combination of concern over his health and the desire of teams to slash their payrolls led the Phillies to decide not to re-sign one of their most popular players and meant that, even now, a career .300 hitter who is only 34 years old is still unsigned and uncertain about his future in baseball.
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December 15, 1994 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Frank Fitzpatrick contributed to this article
The Phillies abandoned their off-season caution yesterday with a vault- rattling bang, signing free agent Gregg Jefferies to a four-year, $20 million contract that almost certainly ended John Kruk's colorful Philadelphia career. Jefferies, 27, the National League's all-star first baseman, who hit .325 for St. Louis last season, was immediately installed as the Phillies' No. 3 hitter, which will give them two switch-hitters (Dave Hollins is the other) at the heart of their lineup when and if the 1995 baseball season begins.
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October 31, 1994 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
John Kruk, free-agent baseball player, shrugged at a question about his career plans. "I haven't thought about it much," he said, casually. "I didn't even know I'd filed (for free agency) until I came home and my wife told me. She'd seen it on television. I said, 'Well, I'll be damned.' I don't believe I'm going to shoot myself over the subject. " Now, it could be that the Phillies first baseman and resident curmudgeon doesn't feel the need to ponder that issue at the moment.
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October 27, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Phillies first baseman John Kruk was among nine players who filed for free agency yesterday, raising the total to 120. Also filing were Chicago White Sox outfielder Dan Pasqua, Cleveland pitcher Jeff Russell, Oakland pitchers Bob Welch and Bobby Witt, Chicago Cubs pitcher Chuck Crim, Houston outfielders Kevin Bass and Milt Thompson and San Diego pitcher Bill Krueger. Free agents may begin signing on Sunday.
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September 26, 1994 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's no postseason ahead, and right now, prospects for a normal 1995 season look as bad as Bud Selig's haircut. So for the Phillies and their 27 companion clubs in the nation's most beloved monopoly, it's difficult to slice through all the uncertainty and plan for the future. Nevertheless, they have no choice. Even though they don't know whether they'll be contending with a salary cap or not, four-year free agents or not, replacement players or not, there are issues that keep Phillies officials awake at night.
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August 12, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
One moment Ricky Jordan was doing something electric. The next, he felt like a guy about to get strapped in a chair and shot full of juice. Yes, it was a strange night all the way around at Veterans Stadium during, and after, especially after, what might have been the Phillies' final game of a mostly forgettable season. There was good pitching, in part because there was disinterested hitting. There were good plays, along with some clunkers. There were people parading through the stands displaying anti-strike banners.
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