ESPN announced today that John Kruk will be leaving his studio analyst post to become a member of the broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball, joining Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser. Kruk replaces Terry Francona, who left after one season to become the manager of the Cleveland Indians.
Kruk has done fill-in game analyst duty in the past, but has primarily been a studio analyst since joining ESPN.
“It’s a real honor to work with Dan and Orel, and to be front and center on baseball’s biggest game of the week,” said Kruk. “When I was asked to join the team, I couldn’t have been happier.”
“Kruk has every attribute that makes an analyst great.” said Mike McQuade, ESPN Vice President, Production, “He’s intelligent, he’s opinionated, he brings a ton of personality and his track record at ESPN speaks for itself.”
“I always admired the way John competed on the field, and every time I’ve been on Baseball Tonight with him, I’ve been impressed with his depth of knowledge about the game,” said Sunday Night’s Orel Hershiser. “Now I’m looking forward to sitting next to him every Sunday Night.”
“Krukkie is funny, knowledgeable and passionate about baseball,” said Dan Shulman. “I think he and Orel will make a terrific analyst combo in the booth, and I can’t wait for the three of us getting started.”