Larry Andersen is in his 20th season as a Phillies broadcaster and it will be his last pulling full-time duties with the team. Currently negotiating a new contract with the team, Andersen says the decision is all his, because “I wanted to do some things while I was above ground.”
Andersen teamed with Scott Franzke 11 years ago and the two at first seemed like a radio version of the Odd Couple. Somehow though, they have developed a chemistry that has grown on fans, with both bringing their own style and sense of humor to the broadcasts.
As a major league pitcher, Andersen pitched 17 seasons, making 698 relief appearances and one start, which came in 1982 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Andersen had two stints with the Phillies, first from 1983 until being released by the Phillies in May, 1986. He returned to the team in 1993 and finished his career pitching in 29 games for the Phillies in 1994, giving him parts of six seasons in Philadelphia. As a Phillie, Andersen was 11-14 with seven saves and a 3.27 ERA. In his MLB career, he went 40-39 with 49 saves and a career 3.15 ERA.
One of his claims to fame was being dealt from Houston to the Boston Red Sox for Jeff Bagwell, who went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Astros.
It’s likely that Andersen will primarily work on Phillies home games next season, cutting his duties in half. The 64-year old insists that he’s not completely walking away and doesn’t know that he ever could completely give up being a part of the game. He also stressed that he has been overwhelmed by the reaction of Philadelphia fans, who have embraced the radio duo of Franzke and Andersen.
The Phillies have auditioned a number of potential replacements for Andersen, but concede that they don’t have a clear choice and that they could fill the holes with a few different people. Kevin Stocker, J.C. Romero, Kevin Jordan and Doug Glanville have all auditioned, as has Phillies TV analyst Ben Davis.