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|On Fox Sports Bay
Area, KTVU and KNBR Radio, Mike Krukow and
Duane Kuiper continue to give Giants’ fans a
unique perspective on the game of baseball.
Whether it’s breaking the game down into
simple terms for young fans or having fun with
the ball dudes who wait on foul balls down the
left and right field lines. The combination of
knowledge and humor easily makes this duo the
most entertaining broadcast team in the
business -- They are the best.
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Kuiper begins his 22nd season as a Major
League announcer. He embarks on his 13th
consecutive year in the FSN Bay Area, KTVU-FOX
2 and KNBR Radio broadcast booths in 2006. The
11-year big league infielder has won the
prestigious Emmy Award five times in his
distinguished broadcasting career in the
category of “On Camera Sports.” He provided
commentary for the Giants from 1987-92 and
served a one-year stint with the expansion
Colorado Rockies in 1993. The former infielder
spent the last four years of his career with
the Giants, following seven campaigns with the
Cleveland Indians. In 2004 he was voted by
Cleveland fans as one of the 100 greatest
players in Tribe history. After retiring in
1985, Kuiper provided commentary on Giants
radio and TV broadcasts through the end of
that season, and had his own radio show on
KNBR from 1982-85. The Wisconsin native serves
as a board member of the Giants Community
Fund. A graduate of Southern Illinois
University in Carbondale, Ill., Kuiper and his
wife, Michelle, reside in Danville, CA with
their two children, Cole and Dannon.
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Krukow enters his 16th season in the
television booth, and his 12th full season on
the radio side. A five-time Emmy award winner,
Krukow is the broadcast team’s color analyst
on FSN Bay Area and KTVU-FOX 2 telecasts, and
on KNBR Radio broadcasts. Krukow’s playing
career in the majors spanned 14 years and
three teams: the Chicago Cubs (1976-81),
Philadelphia Phillies (1982) and San Francisco
Giants (1983-89), where his enthusiasm both on
and off the field made him a fan favorite. “Kruk,”
who was named as the starting right-handed
pitcher to the 1980’s Giants All- Decade Team
in a vote by Bay Area media in 1999, is noted
for his deep knowledge of the game and
tremendous sense of humor. A 20-game winner
for the Giants in 1986, Krukow retired after
the 1989 season with a 124-117 career record
and a 3.90 ERA. Krukow resides in San Luis
Obispo, Calif., with his wife, Jennifer and
their five children, Jarek, Baker, Tessa,
Chase and Weston
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Prior to the arrival of Direct TV, Mike Krukow and
Duane Kuiper were familiar only to television
viewers in San Francisco and hard core baseball fans
who recalled their major league careers.
But over the past few years, baseball fans all
across the country have realized what those in the
Bay Area have known for some time -- The
Krukow-Kuiper broadcast tandem is the best in the
If you tune into a broadcast you are likely to hear
“That missed somewhere…”
“He ain’t pretty but he can play…”
“I see orange people…”
And the famous four-word phrase -- “Grab some pine
Anyone that has ever played the game -- at a
competitive level -- is familiar with the term,
“meat,” but Krukow has made the word part of the
vernacular for San Francisco Giants fans.
So much so that you will find countless signs
dotting the sea of orange at SBC Park proclaiming,
Once upon a time, baseball broadcasters used their
creativity to describe the action over the airwaves.
But it was a vivid description for the purposes of
radio and not the creativity of jokes. After all,
commentators -- on radio and TV -- were
traditionally more straightforward.
Through the years there have been some great
personalities, but few -- if any -- have ever
brought baseball into the home of millions quite
like Krukow and Kuiper.
Where else can you tune into a game and see the
color commentator “eliminate” fans in the crowd? To
add yet another touch of entertainment, Krukow uses
the telestrator to scribble out deserving
Haven’t you ever watched as the camera pans the
crowd and wondered, “What is that person thinking?”
Those are the people that get “eliminated.”
But it’s not strictly a joking matter. The two
former major leaguers bring a lot of knowledge and
unique insight to the broadcast.
Those who have follow the game intensely can easily
relate to the many baseball-related expressions
like, “the broken bat concerto.” But unlike so many
broadcasters, who seem to be intent on letting the
audience know how smart they are, Krukow and Kuiper
explain the game and the situations in simple terms.
The casual fan can learn a lot from one three-hour
telecast, all the while being entertained by the two
Entertaining, informative and fair. There are a lot
of homers on the microphone who rarely talk up the
opposition. Such is not the case with the Fox Sports
Nets Bay Area team. If the opponent makes a great
play, they will revisit and discuss it for an inning
And it only makes sense. Nobody can appreciate what
unfolds between the foul lines better than those who
stepped across the lines. And both worked their
trade on the diamond for many years.
Krukow came up through the Chicago Cubs organization
and would spend the first six years of his career on
the north side of Chicago. In 1981 he was dealt to
Philadelphia for pitchers Dickie Noles and Dan
Larsen and versatile Keith Moreland.
The right-hander was second only to Steve Carlton in
wins, posting a 13-11 record and an impressive 3.12
ERA. But despite his success, the Phillies packaged
Krukow, Mark Davis and Charlie Penigar to the San
Francisco Giants in exchange for Joe Morgan and Al
Holland in December of 1982.
The trade helped Philadelphia win the National
League pennant that season, but it also gave San
Francisco two arms that would become a big part of
the Giants’ success in the 1980’s.
Krukow was part of two N.L. West champion teams
(1987, 1989), but his personal best came in 1986
when he recorded career bests in wins (20), ERA
(3.05), and strikeouts (178) and finishing third in
the NL Cy Young balloting.
It was during his seven-year stint with the Giants
that he first crossed paths with his future
broadcast partner, Duane Kuiper.
One month before acquiring Krukow, San Francisco
made a deal with the Cleveland Indians obtaining the
slick-fielding second baseman in exchange for Ed
Originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 1968,
Kuiper was drafted by four teams (Seattle Pilots,
Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red
Sox) in the next three years, but did not sign. In
1972 he signed with Cleveland, which drafted him in
the first round at of Southern Illinois University.
Kuiper spent eight years with the Indians becoming
one of the top leadoff hitters in the American
League. The native of Racine, WI had a lot of big
hits during his tenure in Cleveland, but one in
particular continues to be talked about to this day.
On Aug. 29, 1977 -- after going to bat 1381 times
without a homer -- Kuiper connected off Steve Stone
(White Sox) for what would be his only major league
Three-thousand seventy-nine trips to the dish with
just one big fly.
It’s a fact that he can count on his color analyst
bringing up on a few occasions during the course of
a season. Barry Bonds (703 home runs) isn’t 54 home
runs shy of passing Hank Aaron (756). Bonds is 702
jacks ahead of Kuiper.
For the record, in his 722 at-bats, Krukow went deep
five times, another stat that plays a big role in
the ongoing joke.
And when these two get together to call the action,
you can expect plenty of jokes.