Thursday, January 6, 2011
Santangelo is new MASN analyst
Neither the club nor the network has announced the hiring yet, but two sources familiar with the decision confirmed Santangelo was selected out of a sizable group of ex-players who applied for the job that became available after Rob Dibble was fired in September.
Santangelo, who will serve as analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, assumes the job previously held by Dibble, who lost his job after making critical comments about Stephen Strasburg on his satellite radio show. Ray Knight, who filled in for the rest of the season, is expected to return to his original duties as pre- and post-game analyst alongside host Johnny Holliday.
The Nationals have now had six different TV analysts in seven seasons: Ron Darling (2005), Tom Paciorek (2006), Don Sutton (2007-08), Dibble (2009-10), Knight (2010) and Santangelo (2011-).
Frank-Paul Santangelo, 43, played seven seasons with the Expos, Giants, Dodgers and Athletics, posting a career .245 average with 21 homers and 162 RBI. Primarily an outfielder, he also played second base, third base and shortstop in the major leagues before retiring following the 2002 season.
After spending time hosting a sports talk radio show in Sacramento, Santangelo became a regular on the Giants' post-game radio show last year while also filling in on game broadcasts on both TV and radio.
Santangelo was one of 89 current or former MLB players named in the 2007 Mitchell Report, which accused him of purchasing human growth hormone and steroids from former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski in 2000 and 2001. Santangelo later admitted using HGH on two occasions but denied ever buying steroids from Radomski.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 8:52 PM