John Kruk became a color commentator on NBC Sports Philadelphia‘s coverage of Phillies games in 2017, replacing Matt Stairs, who was hired as the team’s hitting coach.
But while Kruk was a .300 career hitter, don’t expect the Phillies Wall of Famer to try his hand at being a hitting coach.
MLB.com‘s Todd Zolecki reported Sunday that the Phillies have fired hitting coach Joe Dillon after two seasons. A fan responded to Zolecki’s tweet breaking the news by suggesting that Kruk should replace Dillon, but the three-time All-Star quickly poured cold water on the idea:
I don’t want to be a hitting coach— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) October 3, 2021
I can’t commit to an everyday job, my daughters senior year of high school and I want to be home as much as I can to try and not miss any of her volleyball matches— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) October 3, 2021
Kruk, 60, currently resides in Florida, so it’s not a real surprise that he doesn’t want to uproot his life to become a coach, especially considering that he’s never shown an interest in coach, as far as we can tell. On top of that, Kruk has had a decorated career in media, and as Stairs can attest, working on television is a much more stable job than working as a hitting coach.
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