Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke have become quite a popular duo among Phillies fans in the radio booth but in 2018, there will be fewer opportunities to hear the two together.
At the end of last season, Andersen, 64, said he wanted to reduce his schedule and only call home games at Citizens Bank Park in 2018.
To comply with that request, the Phillies have added three former players Kevin Frandsen, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Stocker — to their radio broadcast team. The three Kevins will work alongside Franzke, the play-by-play announcer, in 2018, but a schedule has not been finalized.
“There’s no doubt that replacing LA is a tough job,” Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck said in a news release. “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.”
Frandsen, a former IronPig, and Stocker have the most radio experience. Frandsen has been working on AM radio in the San Francisco Bay area for the past year and a half. He currently hosts “KNBR Tonight” on KNBR 680 AM and hosted a morning show on KNBR 1050 AM prior to that.
Stocker, a color analyst with the Pac-12 Network and CBS Sports Network, has broadcast college baseball for the last 14 years. He also called six Phillies games with Franzke since 2016.
Jordan worked three games on Phillies radio with Franzke in 2017.