"ESPN and I have mutually agreed to part ways. I can't thank them enough for all they have done for me and my family," Kruk said on Twitter Monday night.
ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo told the Sporting News that Kruk will not be replaced by a single person. Instead, they will use a rotating cast of analysts to fill his air time, which will include former Phillies outfielders Raul Ibanez and Doug Glanville.
Kruk, a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, joined ESPN as an MLB analyst on Baseball Tonight in 2004. He retired from baseball in 1995 after a 10-year career with the Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Chicago White Sox. The three-time All-Star ended his career with a .300 batting average, 100 home runs and 592 runs batted in.
“ESPN and John Kruk have mutually agreed to end our relationship at this time,” ESPN said in a statement given to the Big Lead. “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's departure is the latest in what has become a revolving door at ESPN. But Kruk was apparently able to leave on his own terms, unlike Phillies teammate Curt Schilling, who was fired back in April over political comments he made on social media.
No word on what Kruk's next role will be, though he joked it might involve something in the world of fitness.