Friday, February 10, 2017

Giants Broadcaster Mike Krukow To Limit Schedule

Mike Krukow
MLB SF Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow revealed Thursday that he will cut his schedule to 120 games this season, with former relievers Jeremy Affeldt and just-retired Javier Lopez taking his place on the others.

Krukow said by phone he plans to broadcast all of the Giants’ 81 home games and National League West road games, but “nothing east of Denver until the playoffs.”

Affeldt and Lopez will team with Duane Kuiper and sometimes Dave Flemming in place of Krukow, who has worked about 156 games a year.

Krukow’s mobility is hampered by a progressive but non-life-threatening disease. He revealed his reduced schedule Thursday morning on KNBR 680 AM, saying it was “not by the Giants’ design. It’s all I can do.”

Later, speaking to The Chronicle, he said, “The problem with me was just being able to maintain strength getting up and down stairs, getting out of the plane. I have to respect it.”

However, the 64-year-old former pitcher said he has no plans to retire, saying, “Hopefully I can do this many more years. I want to.”

Krukow has broadcast Giants games on TV for 26 seasons.

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