If baseball ever returns, the Phillies will have to find a new broadcaster.
That’s because Kevin Frandsen is taking a new gig with the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Nationals:
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and Washington Nationals today named former player Kevin Frandsen as the network’s color commentator for Nationals television coverage. Frandsen joins the MASN booth after four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies radio broadcast. He was a member of Washington’s 2014 National League East Division championship team during his Major League playing career, which also included stops in San Francisco (2006–09, 2015), Los Angeles (AL) (2010) and Philadelphia (2012–13).
“Thrilled is an understatement to describe the way I feel right now,” said Frandsen. “I’d like to thank MASN and the Lerner family for this tremendous opportunity. I’d also like to thank my team of Amanda, Tenley and Daylen for their love and support. Being able to learn from and work alongside Scott Franzke, Larry Anderson, Rob Brooks and everyone in Philadelphia the last four seasons has been a blessing, but I’m so excited to work with Bob Carpenter and bring games to the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Nationals fan base. I cannot wait to get started.”
Kevin Frandsen is a traitor!
Good for him. This is a great gig. He was only a part-time guy on the Phillies radio broadcast, doing about half of the games. You may recall Larry Andersen cut his workload back in 2018, and at the time Matt Gelb reported that they auditioned Kevin Stocker, J.C. Romero, Kevin Jordan, Doug Glanville, and Ben Davis in three-game stints.
Ultimately, it led to this in 2019:
#Phillies have expanded the role of radio broadcaster Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen will work 81 Phillies games alongside play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke on the Phillies Radio Network beginning in 2019.
Franzke and Larry Andersen will also broadcast 81 games together. pic.twitter.com/GDSaJiQXM2
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) December 6, 2018
Who replaces Frandsen? Good question. Let’s start generating some names. How about Ruben Amaro Jr.? Jimmy Rollins? 94 WIP host Yohn Yohnson? An Angelo Cataldi + Jim Gardner platoon?
There are plenty of options out there.
On a more serious note, I think Frandsen and Scott Franzke had good chemistry. Seemed like a comfortable pairing. Putting together broadcast pairings that work is no easy task.