Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke to call fewer games together in 2018

Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke to call fewer games together in 2018

Next season was starting to look like such a promising year for the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans. A young core of players is finally emerging and beginning to excite on a nightly basis. But fans have already been dealt an early blow with news that Larry Andersen will call fewer games in 2018.

The move has reportedly been in the works for some time as L.A.'s desire to travel so often has decreased at the ripe young age of 64.

Exactly how many games he will miss in 2018 remains to be seen, but's Todd Zolecki says there is still the potential Andersen only calls games at Citizens Bank Park.

"I really, as much as I love the game, I love the Phillies, I love being out here at the park," Andersen said on CSN's Philly Sports Talk, "I want to be able to do some things in the summer with my wife, with my kids, out west and I guess it was just time.

"I found myself getting a little grumpier on the road when things weren't going well and even with stuff not necessarily pertaining to the game. It got to be kind of a wear on me, but you know, I'm going to be 65 next May โ€” don't tell anybody โ€” and I just โ€ฆ now is a good time.

"Have some days off in the summer, where I can go do the things I want to do. I haven't had any significant time off in the summer in 48 years."

Regular listeners to Phillies radio broadcasts may have noticed some other familiar names and voices pop up during games this season. Doug Glanville, J.C. Romero, Kevin Stocker and Kevin Jordan have all been given a shot to call games, presumably in some sort of tryout-for-the-future capacity.

"It'll be the first time I'll have significant time off in the summer in 48 years," Andersen told on Wednesday. "I'm just really getting tired of the travel. More than anything, I catch myself letting little things bother me on the road, even the game. You want to be home. Honestly, I find myself getting grumpy and I don't want to do that. It's not fair to the fans. It's not fair to the organization. I don't like being that way. It's my form of taking a chill pill, really."

L.A. letting little things bother him? Heck, isn't that half the reason many fans tune in to listen to his banter with Franzke in the first place?

Glanville has been praised for his insight on television and in print. But can he read a Home Run Payoff Inning promo with the sardonic beauty of L.A.?

Tune in in 2018 to find out.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.