The Phillies have announced that Kevin Frandsen, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Stocker will be joining Scott Franzke on radio broadcasts this season.
There are few things that are more enjoyable on a hot summer day than laying back, drinking an adult beverage or two and listening to the Philadelphia Phillies on the radio. Sure, you can sit on the couch and watch them play on NBC Sports Philadelphia, but there is just something special about sitting outside and listening to a game.
Which might explain why so many fans were upset to learn that Phillies broadcasting legend Larry Anderson would be reducing the number of games he would be calling during the 2018 season.
Last season was Anderson’s 20th in the booth and in September it was revealed that he was looking to reduce the amount of travel he had to do. Being on the road all summer was starting to take its toll on the 64-year old Anderson and he had decided he wanted to scale back his workload.
The result is that this year Anderson will only be doing the home games at Citizens Bank Park with play-by-play man Scott Franzke.
Which meant the team needed to find a replacement who could do color commentary on the road during the 2018 season.
Turns out that it would take not one, but three people to replace Anderson.
The Phillies announced on Monday that a trio of former players will be joining Franzke in the booth in 2018 and, believe it or not, they are all named Kevin.
Kevin Stocker, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Frandsen will rotate games while the Phillies are on the road with the schedule of who will call what games to come later.
All three have played for the Phillies at different times. Frandsen played for the team from 2012 to 2013 while Jordan played for Philadelphia from 1995 until 2001.
Stocker is the most notable of the three, having played shortstop for the team that went to the 1993 World Series and lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Toronto Blue Jays.
In a statement, Phillies executive vice president David Buck said that replacing Anderson is no easy task, but he thinks they found a solution.
“There’s no doubt that replacing LA is a tough job. His chemistry with Franzke has been outstanding and together they made listening to our games entertaining, but we believe that the unique personalities, knowledge of the game and familiarity with Phillies fans that each Kevin has, will complement Franzke’s role in the booth, making this new lineup of radio talent fun for our fans.”
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While we may be losing Larry Anderson for half of the Phillies radio broadcasts in 2018, it is comforting to know that we will be getting 300 percent more Kevin this upcoming season.
Spring Training for the Phillies begins on Feb. 14 when pitchers and catcher report with the 2018 season kicking off on March 29 against the Atlanta Braves.