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.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.