Mike Krukow announced on KNBR today that he will be shortening his broadcast season to 120 games for 2017, adding that recently retired Giants Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt will be filling in the rest.
Though fans are accustomed to their nightly dose of the dynamic duo that is Kruk & Kuip, we’ve known for some time that the grueling travel schedule of a baseball broadcaster has become increasingly difficult for Krukow. This is due to his medical condition which affects his mobility, and can make travel unsafe.
He added that Affeldt and Lopez would be teaming up with either Duane Kuiper or Dave Flemming for the television broadcasts in his stead.
Affeldt began grooming for this last season, working as an analyst for CSN Bay Area as well as doing the radio broadcast with Kuiper for a couple of games late in the season. Meanwhile, fans have long speculated that Lopez would do the same when he decided to retire from playing, which he formally did yesterday.
Krukow told Henry Schulman that he was planning to call every home game and every divisional game on the road. He would not travel farther east than Denver unless the Giants make the postseason.