In Philadelphia, Matt Breen noted Phillies radio analyst Kevin Frandsen will have an "expanded role" in '19, as he will "broadcast half the games" alongside play-by-play man Scott Franzke. Larry Andersen will "broadcast the other 81 games with Franzke." Frandsen will "handle primarily the road games, and Andersen mostly will work the home broadcasts." Last season, the Phillies "divided the road schedule among Frandsen, Kevin Jordan, and Kevin Stocker." Jordan and Stocker "will not return to the booth" (PHILLY.com, 12/6).
CHECK SWING: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand notes ESPN and Alex Rodriguez in May announced to advertisers with "much fanfare that they would do a show called 'Pivot' during the MLB season," but then they "didn’t do it." It was announced then that Rodriguez would be the show's exec producer and "host of a four-show series during the baseball season." ESPN said that it is "pivoting" the show to '19. ESPN in a statement said there were a "few scheduling conflicts amidst a busy 2018 baseball season that caused delays" (N.Y. POST, 12/7).
ADDING CONTENT: VARIETY's Brian Steinberg noted DAZN is "adding documentary programming to its slate of live-sports properties." The streaming service will debut “The Journey: Canelo/Rocky,” an original episodic program that "takes fans behind the scenes" as the Dec. 15 fight between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding at MSG draws near. The series debuted on DAZN’s platform and YouTube on Thursday (VARIETY.com, 12/6).
FOR THE FANS: NBC Sports will host the "Premier League Mornings Live" Fan Fest on Saturday in N.Y. The net will present live look-ins from EPL viewing parties across the country, including at locations in Dallas, Louisville and San Diego. The Fan Fest will span four match windows from 7:00am-5:00pm ET for the first time (NBC Sports).