Washington Nationals TV broadcasts will have their third analyst in less than a year, as news broke last night that the team is set to hire F.P. Santangelo, a former outfielder with four Major League teams and most recently a fill-in broadcaster with the San Francisco Giants.
Santangelo (the initials stand for Frank-Paul, in case you're wondering) will replace Ray Knight, who worked the final month of the 2010 season alongside MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter after Rob Dibble was fired for comments about Nats rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg. It is unclear at this time whether Knight will return to his prior work on the Nationals pre- and postgame shows alongside host Johnny Holliday
Santangelo, a native of Livonia, Michigan, was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1989, and made his major league debut for that team in 1995. He played for four teams over seven years in the big leagues, closing out his career with the Oakland Athletics in 2001. He recorded a lifetime batting average of .245, with an on-base percentage of .361 and an OPS of .715. For his career, he hit 21 home runs, drove in 162 RBIs, and played every non-battery defensive position except first base. In 2007, Santangelo's name was mentioned in the Mitchell Report, which investigated the use of steroids in baseball. He admitted to taking Human Growth Hormone to recover from a knee injury while a member of the Expos.
After retirement, Santangelo, who'd been a communications manager at the University of Miami, was co-host of a Sacramento radio morning show called "The Rise Guys." After being fired in November 2008 by radio station KHTK, Santangelo moved on to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, where he served as a reporter and fill-in broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants. He also served as the host of the evening "SportsPhone680" program on San Francisco radio station KNBR-AM.