Is Shane Victorino looking to fill the Phillies broadcasting vacancy?
As of yesterday, Kevin Frandsen landed a new gig as a color commentator for the Washington Nationals TV broadcasting team.
Frandsen was a regular fill-in for Larry Anderson on the Phillies’ radio broadcast over the past four years, specifically for road games and now will be joining legendary play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, the two-time St.Louis-area Emmy winner, and voice of the Washington Nationals since 2006.
Frandsen is now considered a traitor (unfortunately).
So the obvious question here is who will be replacing Frandsen in the booth for the Phillies?
It will be tough to find a a permanent replacement with less than two months until the scheduled start of the season, but the Phillies will definitely need someone to fill his shoes while Larry Anderson will reportedly stick with just calling home games.
Phillies executive Dave Buck told MLB reporter Todd Zolecki that The Phillies are “looking at all of our options right now” when asked about potential replacements.
While we don’t have a solid answer to that question, Shane Victorino might have thrown his hat into the ring in the wee hours of the night.
The Flyin’ Hawaiian tweeted the following 1:10AM in the morning.
Is it possible that Victorino will be heading to the booth? I mean sure, anything is possible. The Phillies definitely have some options. Another would Jimmy Rollins, who was just golfing with Victorino earlier this week.
J-Roll has appeared on the NBC Sports television broadcasting crew and absolutely crushes it, so maybe he’ll opt to continue that gig instead of making a jump to radio. I would also consider someone like Patrick McCarthy, T-Mac’s son who spent some time broadcasting last season for the Phillies. Hell, I would even like to see Ryan Howard get a look.
If you want to get crazy, reach out to Brett Myers and Lenny Dykstra. I love Brett Myers and think he would crush on a broadcast and who wouldn’t want to hear crazy Lenny ramble on about the Phillies? If you want to scale it back a bit, throw Charlie Manuel into the mix.
Whatever, at the end of the day, let’s just focus on ending this lockout. The MLB and MLBPA are scheduled to meet again on Monday. Doesn’t sound promising, honestly. Until they start meeting on a daily basis to get this over with, it’s looking more and more likely everything is going to be delayed. At the very least, that should give the Phillies a little extra time to fill their broadcasting vacancy.
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