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John Kruk      

Color Commentator on NBC Sports & Former ESPN Baseball Analyst; 3-Time Major League Baseball All-Star

John Martin Kruk is an American former professional baseball first baseman and outfielder. Kruk played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago White Sox from 1986 through 1995. During his career, he was a three-time MLB All-Star. After retiring as a player, Kruk became a baseball analyst for ESPN. He is now a color commentator for Phillies' games on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Raised in West Virginia, Kruk played baseball throughout high school and then continued playing at Potomac State College and at Allegany Community College. He began his professional career with the San Diego Padres in 1981 but didn't make his debut until 1986.

In 1987, he hit .313 with 20 home runs and 91 RBI, and stole 18 bases, showing surprising speed for someone of his build, although he was caught ten times. He was a backup on the National League All-Star Team in the Nintendo game, R.B.I. Baseball.

Kruk was then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1989 season where he was primarily a first baseman.

During Spring training in 1994, Kruk was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which ultimately resulted in the removal of one testicle. Additionally, weight gain and the astroturf at Veterans Stadium exacerbated his knee problems, and he was then granted free agency.

Kruk went on to sign with the Chicago White Sox but retired shortly after. He finished his 10-year career with a .300 batting average and exactly 100 home runs. Kru is one of only five major league baseball players to retire with exactly 100 home runs (as of 2009).

Since retirement, Kruk has authored a book called "I Ain't an Athlete, Lady," and has turned to broadcasting the game. In 2004, he was hired by ESPN as an analyst on "Baseball Tonight." He also writes an ESPN column called "Chewing the Fat."

Kruk had a role in the movie "The Fan" with Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes.

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