John Kruk is back with the Phillies.
According to sources, Kruk will join the team’s television broadcast crew on CSNPhilly during the 2017 season. Kruk will replace Matt Stairs on the broadcast crew and join a team that already includes lead broadcaster Tom McCarthy, color men Mike Schmidt and Ben Davis and sideline reporter Gregg Murphy. Stairs was recently named Phillies hitting coach.
Details of the agreement with Kruk were not immediately known so it’s unclear how many games he will broadcast. Stairs and Davis basically split the 162-game schedule.
Kruk most recently worked as a studio and in-game analyst for ESPN. He left the network on good terms in the fall.
Kruk, 55, played six seasons with the Phillies and made three National League all-star teams. He was a fan favorite and a key member of the 1993 NL pennant-winning team.
Before going into broadcasting, Kruk spent some time as a minor-league hitting coach with the Phillies when his playing career ended. Now he is back with the Phillies.