Leslie Gudel leaving the anchor desk

After 12½ years, Leslie Gudel will leave the Comcast SportsNet anchor desk to become Phillies reporter.

Gudel, one of SportsNet's original anchors and the first full-time female sports anchor in town (she predated Jenna Wolfe on WPHL by two years), will make her last desk appearance Tuesday.

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Leslie Gudel

This new role comes as her current contract ends. Both Gudel and SportsNet call the move a win-win, and it might be a win-win-win.

Gudel, 43, says she's been juggling two other full-time jobs besides CSN: raising kids ages 6 and 4 and running her company, Nap Nanny, which makes and sells a reclining seat for babies. (New owner of a Nap Nanny seat is Caleb Hamels, the 5½-month-old son of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and wife Heidi, whom Gudel interviewed for the Phillies Focus show on at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.)

"This will put more balance into my life, and allow me to put more focus into the things that need to get focus," says Gudel, who -- backing new hire Jim Salisbury -- will work most home games, the All-Star Game, and opening day in Washington.

In fact, she's scheduled Nap Nanny visits to stores in the D.C. area around then.

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