The new baseball season will bring a new look to the broadcast booth, as MASN and the Nationals have announced Kevin Frandsen as the new color commentator for Nats broadcasts this year.
Frandsen will join play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter in the MASN broadcast booth for the 2022 campaign after spending the last four seasons as a member of the Phillies radio broadcast team.
"Thrilled is an understatement for the way I feel right now," said Frandsen in a released 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."
Familiar with the Nationals fan base, Frandsen played one of his nine major league seasons in D.C. as a member of Washington's 2014 National League East Division championship team. He also played five years with the Giants, one year with the Angels and two years with the Phillies.
Frandsen saw action at second base, third base, first base, outfield, shortstop and designated hitter as a versatile defender and utility player during his big league career.
"MASN is excited to welcome Kevin back to Washington," said MASN senior vice president John McGuinness in the release. "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."
Along with Frandsen and Carpenter, the Nationals will welcome back three other on-air broadcasters for coverage on MASN and 106.7 The Fan. Dan Kolko returns in the Nationals broadcaster role he began prior to the 2021 season, and Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler will continue as the Nats radio broadcast team on 106.7 The Fan.
"On behalf of my family and the entire Washington Nationals organization, we would like to welcome Kevin Frandsen back to Washington, D.C.," said Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner. "Our fans are going to appreciate Kevin's knowledge, energy and enthusiasm in the booth - all traits that mirror how he played the game, especially as a key member of our 2014 NL East championship club. We are thrilled to have Kevin join an excellent group of returning broadcasters, as we are happy to welcome back Bob, Charlie, Dave and Dan on television and radio."
Frandsen was hired by Philadelphia in 2018 and worked select road games on the Phillies Radio Network before his role expanded in 2019 to include the majority of the road schedule along with several home broadcasts. Since 2019, Frandsen has also hosted shows on MLB Network Radio, and from 2016 to 2019, worked on AM radio in the San Francisco Bay area. He also co-hosted "KNBR Tonight" on KNBR 680 AM and, prior to that, spent one year co-hosting KNBR 1050 AM's morning drive show, "The Audible."
Frandsen is a native of San Jose, Calif., and was selected by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of San Jose State University, where he set the program's all-time record for career hits (246).
Following the passing of his brother, DJ, in 2004, the Frandsen family started the 19 For Life Foundation, created to celebrate the gift that DJ Frandsen was to his family, friends and community. The 19 For Life Foundation is a lasting legacy to DJ's beliefs in giving back, making a difference, being a man for others and never giving up.
Kevin and his wife, Amanda, live in Haddon Heights, N.J., with their daughter, Tenley, and son, Daylen Jon ("DJ").