Nats welcome Phillies announcer Frandsen to broadcast booth


New Nationals TV color commentator Kevin Frandsen "will now be alongside Bob Carpenter on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network broadcasts," according to Jesse Dougherty of the WASHINGTON POST. Frandsen replaces F.P. Santangelo, who had partnered with Carpenter for the past 11 seasons. The Nationals declined to bring Santangelo back. He was "sidelined from late April to mid-July last season after he was accused of sexual misconduct in an anonymous Instagram post." Santangelo, who denied any wrongdoing publicly, returned to the booth once an MLB investigation "couldn't corroborate the allegations." The Nationals confirmed that Carpenter, Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler and Dan Kolko "will return to their broadcast team." Slowes and Jageler "will again pair up on the radio." This offseason, sources said that Carpenter "signed on for two more years" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/21).

WHAT'S NEXT FOR PHILLIES? In Philadelphia, Scott Lauber notes as a former Phillies radio analyst, Frandsen called mostly road games alongside radio play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke, who works with popular longtime analyst Larry Andersen at home. Phillies Broadcasting & Video Services Dir Mark DiNardo said the club is "'in the process of evaluating our options' to replace Frandsen." Frandsen's profile within baseball broadcasting circles "has risen over the past few years," with hosting gigs on MLB Network Radio. He also hosted a show from the Field of Dreams game in August. The Phillies have "not yet announced their 2022 radio and TV broadcast teams" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/21).

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