ESPN has parted ways with an on-air personality who has been a part of the network since 2004. The Big Lead reports that Major League Baseball analyst John Kruk has moved on.
The sports network issued a statement saying: “ESPN and John Kruk have mutually agreed to end our relationship at this time. We’re thankful to John for his memorable contributions to our baseball coverage over the years — a run which included roles on our signature MLB franchises ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ and ‘Baseball Tonight.’ We wish John all the best.”
Kruk, who was a star with the Philadelphia Phillies in his playing days, served mainly as a studio analyst during the past season, and was a part of ESPN’s Little League World Series coverage.
The Big Lead notes: “On a brief phone call, his agent declined to comment on whether or not another broadcasting job was on the horizon.”
Sporting News cites ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo saying Kruk will not be replaced by a specific person.
“Instead, ESPN will spread Kruk’s air time across a number of incumbent analysts, including Dallas Braden, Eduardo Perez, Doug Glanville, and Raul Ibanez among others,” Sporting News reports, adding: “Similar to its NFL coverage, ESPN has been making significant changes to its baseball talent lineup. The Worldwide Leader fired analyst Curt Schilling for his controversial Facebook posts about North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law in April.”
ESPN has also promoted baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza, Sporting News notes.