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Scott Franzke will call Thursday’s Phillies game on TV


Scott Franzke (left) is the radio voice of the Phillies. (Cheryl Pursell)

Philadelphia Phillies radio voice Scott Franzke will call Thursday afternoon’s game against the San Diego Padres on TV with Tom McCarthy slated to miss the game as he attends his daughter’s college graduation, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer noted.

Franzke, 50, has been the radio voice of the Phillies since 2006, but this will mark the first time that he’s called a regular season game on TV, per Breen. Presumably, he’ll work with Rubén Amaro Jr., who is serving as the color commentator for this series. The game will be broadcast on NBC 10.

Meanwhile, Pat McCarthy, the voice of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, will fill in for Franzke on SportsRadio 94 WIP‘s radio broadcast. The younger McCarthy called two regular season games against the Padres on television a year ago, working with Amaro. He received strong reviews for his work, and seemingly has a future as major league play-by-play announcer.

It will be interesting to see in the coming years if Pat, 27, sees an expanded role at the major league level. While his father seemingly isn’t leaving TV anytime soon, and the same can be said for Franzke on the radio, it may behoove the Phillies to find a way to get Pat in the major league booth on a more consistent basis moving forward. Todd Kalas, now the play-by-play voice of the Houston Astros, appeared on Phillies broadcasts alongside his father — Hall of Famer Harry Kalas — from 1994 to 1996. Perhaps an arrangement like that will make sense for the Phillies at some point in the not-so-distant future.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Cathie Leahy

    May 18, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I could see having Todd come back to the Phillies. I thought he did a good job. I love Scott but heard he would rather stay on radio.

  2. Robert Redding sr

    May 18, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Where is John Kruk

    • sunnybrook

      May 19, 2022 at 10:29 am

      Yea, where is John Kruk!!! Love his color commentary.

    • Barbara Spizzirri

      May 19, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      That’s what I want to know, too. I miss him.

      • Michele

        May 19, 2022 at 2:23 pm

        The game is Just Not fun to luisten to with out Tom And Kruk

  3. Tommaso V

    May 19, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Love to see Franske split his time between Radio and TV. Although he is really great on radio along with Larry Anderson. Sorry to say Larry Anderson is cutting back.

    Kruk is a ball player in the booth who seems to bring more realism in a natural way. Not forced, not trying to impress, just being “Krucker” It might be fun to bring one or two of the ’93 team in occasionally.

    Just sayin~

  4. John Donnelly

    May 19, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Rubin Amario Jr is the worst announcer in baseball he sucked as a player he sucked at management and he is horrible at TV why do they keep this hack around

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