- The Washington Times
Thursday, January 20, 2022

A former Nationals infielder is returning home to join the Washington television booth.

MASN and the Nationals hired Kevin Frandsen to move down I-95 from Philadelphia and become the newest color commentator on television broadcasts. He joins play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter in the booth, replacing analyst F.P. Santangelo.

Frandsen served the last four years as the Phillies’ radio analyst for select road games with play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke. Frandsen was a backup infielder for the Nationals in 2014, when he was a part of the team’s National League East Division champions.

“Thrilled is an understatement for the way I feel right now,” Frandsen said in a statement. “I’d like to thank MASN and the Lerner family for this tremendous opportunity. I’d also like to thank my team of Amanda, Tenley and Daylen for their love and support. Being able to learn from and work alongside Scott Franzke, Larry Anderson, Rob Brooks and everyone in Philadelphia the last four seasons has been a blessing, but I’m so excited to work with Bob Carpenter and bring games to the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Nationals fan base. I cannot wait to get started.”

Frandsen played nine seasons in the major leagues, including one with the Nationals. He also played for the San Francisco Giants (2006-09), Los Angeles Angels (2010), Phillies (2012-13), Nationals (2014) and San Francisco Giants (2015). In 2014 with Washington, Frandsen batted .259 with one home run, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 105 games. For his career, he hit .258 with 15 home runs and 110 RBIs in 514 major league games. The San Jose, California, native was a 12th round pick for the Giants in the 2004 MLB amateur draft. Frandsen has played shortstop, second base, first base, third base, designated hitter and outfield in his major league career.

“MASN is excited to welcome Kevin back to Washington,” MASN senior vice president John McGuinness said in a statement on MASN’s website. “He was a high energy, well-prepared gamer when he played here. Nats fans can expect Kevin to bring those very same qualities and add his unique insights to the broadcast booth. Paired with Hall of Fame shoe in Bob Carpenter, MASN will continue to deliver best in class game coverage production. Watching Bob draw on Kevin’s in-depth knowledge gained from his years as a player and analyst, in the highly competitive NL East, will keep fans engaged and clamoring for more.”

 Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler return to the radio booth. Dan Kolko will be back as a Nationals broadcaster.

• Kevin Leitzell can be reached at kleitzell@washingtontimes.com.

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