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 ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.