The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame.
Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall. His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year.
Kruk is better known now for his big appetite and mouth, but he was an excellent first baseman for the Phillies for six years. He was an All-Star each year from 1991-93, and he received MVP votes all three seasons. He finished second to Barry Bonds in the NL in OBP in both 1992 and ’93. He also finished sixth in the league in OPS both seasons.
Since he had a short career — he didn’t debut until age 25 and he walked off the field and into retirement at age 34 — Kruk didn’t compile much in the way of career numbers. He ended up with just 100 homers and 592 RBI. Still, his .309/.400/.461 line in six seasons with the Phillies makes him a worthy choice for the wall.
The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.
Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.
The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.
In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems:
Or, I should say, it’s spring training for whatever automated timer thingie turns the sprinklers on and off.
This was the scene at Goodyear on Saturday as the Indians and Reds played in the bottom of the eighth in their spring training opener. Reds manager Bryan Price says that this was probably the second or third time this has happened in the middle of a game there.
Maybe investigate manually operating that bad boy? Just a suggestion!