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Larry Anderson Reduces Phillies Radio Commitment To Just 40 Games

“Larry Anderson made it clear that he is healthy and that this was not a decision he was pushed into.”

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Few voices are as associated with Philadelphia Phillies baseball these days as Larry Anderson. The color commentator on the team’s radio call rolled back his schedule to include only home games beginning in 2018. He announced Thursday that he is ready to roll back again.

Anderson will just call the weekend series played at Citizens Bank Park in 2022. He told Marks & Reese that it works out 40 games.

“I’ll put it this way,” he told the WIP afternoon duo. “If anybody’s watched the news the last couple of years, who knows what’s gonna happen in this crazy world? I don’t know how much time I had left.”

Larry Anderson made it clear that he is healthy and that this was not a decision he was pushed into. He is looking for more free time and intends to spend longer stretches in Florida and with family across the country.

He noted that it was not an easy decision. One thing he worried about was the timing of the announcement. He says he told team brass that he didn’t want anything to take away from the optimism in the front office for 2022.

“A lot of heartbreak, a lot of emotion went into this. And so, it’s not anything I took lightly,” he said. “The Phillies have been very understanding and very, I don’t know what the word is, maybe helpful in getting me to this point and being very accomodating in what I wanted to do. The biggest thing is I didn’t want people to think the Phillies forced me out of this and that I didn’t have a choice. That is not the case at all.”

In 1998, Larry Anderson joined the broadcast team in Philadelphia. He spent six of his seventeen Major League seasons on the Phillies’ roster. He started out doing both TV and radio before moving exclusively to the radio broadcast in 2007. He worked two seasons with Hall of Famer Harry Kalas before Scott Franzke took over as the team’s radio voice.

The Phillies announced the addition of four analysts to its radio crew earlier this year. The 142 games that do not feature Larry Anderson will be split between Michael Bourn, Chad Durbin, Erik Kratz and Kevin Stocker.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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