PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Frandsen is not going far, but he is leaving the Phillies’ broadcast team.
The Nationals announced on Thursday that Frandsen is joining their TV broadcasts as a color analyst. The move happened relatively quickly, with Frandsen interviewing late last week and getting the job offer over the weekend. It leaves the Phillies looking for his replacement before Opening Day on March 31 in Houston.
“We’ll figure out something,” Phillies executive vice president Dave Buck said on Thursday. “We’re happy for Kevin. We’re looking at all of our options right now.”
Here is what we know about Phillies broadcasts on 94 WIP: Scott Franzke will handle the play-by-play. Larry Andersen will be an analyst for roughly 80 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Everything else is unsettled.
The Phillies face some challenges here. Most notably, Frandsen’s replacement could be asked to broadcast 80-plus games, almost exclusively on the road. That is a tough ask for somebody who does not live locally, like Frandsen, who still attended Phillies home games to keep his pulse on the team.
Here are some thoughts, ideas and names: