Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan or you just like to watch baseball, chances are you’ve seen John Kruk on TV. A three-time MLB All-Star, Kruk is known for his acerbic wit and ability to hit the ball. But did you know he’s also an actor? While he was an outstanding player, it’s no secret he hasn’t been able to make a huge impression on the big screen. Instead, he’s become a sports analyst and a voice for a variety of television shows. During his career, he played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, and the Atlanta Braves.
Originally, Kruk was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. He was a high school friend of Roy Plummer, an armed robber, and he also worked with Plummer in his getaway car. He spent a lot of time in Keyser, West Virginia. He graduated from Allegheny Community College, and after a couple years in the minors, he made his Major League Baseball debut with the San Diego Padres. He was signed as a free agent after the 1994 season.
Before he began working as a sports commentator, he worked as a telecaster in Philadelphia. He appeared on local telecasts, and later on a major league baseball show on Fox. He was also hired by ESPN, and he served as a color analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies. He reunited with his former broadcasting colleagues in January 2017.
After his playing days were over, Kruk returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and started working as a sports analyst. He’s currently working as a color commentator for NBC Sports Philadelphia, and his salary is $100,000 a year. He also works as a co-host on the “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” which is on ESPN.
In addition to his work on the MLB broadcast team, he’s also a guest star in television shows and movies, including The Sandlot: Heading Home, and The Fan. He also appeared in the 2008 episode of Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. His most famous moment didn’t involve words. It was a first-inning single against Scott Erickson. He was voted first baseman on the 2003 Philadelphia Phillies’ All-Vet team.
Kruk has two children. He and his wife, Melissa McLoughlin, have been married since 2000. The couple have two children: Kyle and Keira. They live in Allentown, New Jersey.
In the fall of 2010, Kruk served as coach for the National League team in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ Macho Row. He was also a guest speaker at the 2010 PGA Championship. In 2011, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Hall of Fame.
Before he became a sports commentator, he had a lengthy career as an outfielder. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1994, but he recovered from the surgery and didn’t lose any weight during his treatment. He’s also a cast member in the television series Athf. He’s written a book, I Ain’t an Athlete, Lady. He’s been active on social media, and has over 28,000 followers on Twitter.