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ESPN booth in flux adds Kruk

Ex-Philadelphia Phillies player John Kruk, left, is kissed

Ex-Philadelphia Phillies player John Kruk, left, is kissed by teammate Darren Daulton during a ceremony to enshrine Kruk in the Phillies Wall of Fame. Photo Credit: AP, 2011

After two decades of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in a two-man booth, ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball’’ roster has become a revolving door, without the exact same lineup two seasons in a row since 2007 and ’08.

Dan Shulman, Miller’s successor as play-by-play man in 2011, isn’t complaining about that, but he did admit, “If you gave me my choice, sure it would be nice to keep the team together and see how things can evolve over the years.’’

ESPN might finally have that chance. After watching Bobby Valentine leave after 2011 to manage the Red Sox and Terry Francona after 2012 for the Indians, John Kruk figures to stay with Shulman and Orel Hershiser after 2013.

Actually, it is best never to assume such things in the volatile world of television. Let’s just say Kruk is unlikely to leave for a major league managing job.

“I think it’s going great,’’ Shulman said of the still-relatively-new booth, which will be in Baltimore Sunday when the Yankees visit. “I love Kruky. He sees things about the game most people don’t see.’’

Shulman acknowledged that calling a Yankees game these days is far different than in the recent past, given their mostly starless lineup. At least there’s always something to talk about surrounding their injured third baseman.

“I think we’ll get into it,’’ Shulman said of the Alex Rodriguez saga. “We have to. It’s news.’’


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