February 23, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Phillippe Aumont stepped onto a mound for the first time during spring training, Larry Andersen worked on an adjacent field. Andersen glanced at the seven pitchers about to throw bullpen sessions, and the 6-foot-7 Canadian towered above them all. Andersen viewed Aumont's maddening flashes of brilliance from a distance in his role as Phillies radio analyst. This spring, as a guest instructor, Andersen is charged with molding the younger arms. He dashed that morning toward Aumont.
October 1, 2011 |
Hundreds of cheering fans crowded street corners near City Hall on Friday afternoon, embracing the Phillies Rally Trolley as it traveled through Center City to psych up the town before Saturday's postseason opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Along for the ride were the Phillie Phanatic, Phillies ball girls, broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Larry Andersen, and team officials, who threw thousands of rally towels into the extended arms of the baseball faithful. Vanessa Whittington Roberts, 53, of Yeadon, stood in front of LOVE Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the trolley - and get a white rally towel.
June 30, 2011 |
Only two pitchers in Phillies history have longer scoreless streaks than the 32 innings Cliff Lee will take into his next start at Toronto on Sunday. One of them is Phillies radio broadcaster Larry Andersen, who went 32 straight without giving up a run in 1984. The difference between the two, of course, is that L.A. was a reliever. "I think it's tougher what he's doing, tougher for a starter, because they're facing the same guys over and over. As a reliever, you might face the same team five different times in a streak, but maybe not face the same hitters," Andersen said.
April 14, 2011 |
WASHINGTON – Eighteen years ago, Larry Andersen stared down Barry Bonds after the San Francisco Giants superstar launched a long home run deep into the right-field seats at Candlestick Park. Andersen did not like the amount of time Bonds spent admiring his work before getting to the business of rounding the bases during a win over the Phillies. Eighteen years later, Andersen still is not a huge Bonds fan, but he had no exceptional reaction to the news Wednesday that baseball's all-time home run leader had been convicted of obstruction of justice.
September 29, 2010 |
When your paycheck comes from the team you are broadcasting for, Larry Andersen concedes that it can be a fine line between being "honest" and "too honest" in your analysis of the game. But in 13 years in the Phillies booth, Andersen has walked that fine line with a light touch that has endeared him to what can be a demanding public. In a survey conducted by the Daily News in conjunction with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University, Andersen was chosen by the fans as the No. 1 color commentator in Philadelphia.
July 27, 2008 |
The slider can be a crucial part of a pitcher's repertoire. Hall of Famer Steve Carlton had one of the best ever. Larry Andersen threw about three billion of them - and that was just in his first stint with the Phillies. Closer Brad Lidge has one of the best in the game today, unique and devastating because of the unusual way it breaks. "Verrrry unusual," said teammate Jamie Moyer, who has earned a Ph.D. in pitching over 22 major-league seasons. In general, the slider is a breaking pitch that moves laterally with a downward tilt as it reaches the hitter.
June 19, 2008
MY COMPANION and I totally agree with Liam Tolen, who wrote about "Parking Wheels in the Dugout"! Many times we have to mute the TV because he's so annoying! It would be great if they'd get Larry Andersen back. Like Rich Ashburn always said, "If you don't have anything to say about the game, then don't say anything. " Mildred Units Sellersville
November 2, 2007 |
Legendary Phillies announcer Richie Ashburn is among the names on the preliminary list for consideration for the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually to a broadcaster by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Chris Wheeler, Larry Andersen and former Phils broadcaster Andy Musser are also on the list. The list will be trimmed to a final ballot of 10 by a 20-member committee that includes past winners - Harry Kalas among them. The 10 finalists will be revealed Dec. 4, with the winner announced in February.
March 30, 2004
NOW THAT the baseball season is about to begin, I have a complaint to make to the Phillies, Comcast SportsNet, CN8 and WPSG-57 sports concerning Harry Kalas. Do the executives in charge not realize that Harry is the premier broadcaster in baseball today? The way he is treated by them is appalling. Why, after 30 years, is he still shuffled out of the TV booth every three innings? This policy of rotating broadcast teams is ridiculous. It's not something real professional operations do. I regularly watch the Cubs on WGN Chicago and Braves games on TBS. Those stations have broadcast teams that start and finish every game.