John Kruk is following Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona into ESPN's Sunday night baseball booth.
Is he going to emulate them and wind up managing a major league team in 2014?
''I think that is why they are putting me in the booth,'' Kruk said before adding: ''Ain't no chance of that happening.''
A member of ESPN's studio team since 2004, the three-time All-Star will be announced Monday as the new partner of Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser, giving ESPN a different trio for the third straight season after 21 consecutive years with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. Buster Olney remains as the crew's reporter.
Shulman and Hershiser were in the Sunday night booth in 2011 along with Valentine, who left to become manager of the Red Sox and was replaced by Francona, Boston's manager from 2004-11. Francona departed ESPN in October to become Cleveland's manager.
Kruk has been working in the Bristol, Conn., studio about eight days a month and has filled in on game coverage. He expects his studi...