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Saturday, September 14, 2013

MLB: Vote Duane Kuiper!

One man, one vote, one homer.

The Giants and its broadcast partners, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR Radio today launched a campaign to urge fans to vote longtime Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper onto the Ford C. Frick Award Ballot at facebook.com/baseballhall.

...Giants fans are encouraged to vote for Duane Kuiper at facebook.com/baseballhall. Fans can vote once per day and the Giants urge their fans to vote early and often and to spread the word among their friends. Voting ends September 30th.

“Given the Hall of Fame’s criteria, I cannot think of another candidate who better represents this era of baseball broadcasting than Duane Kuiper,” said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. “Duane has been at the top of his craft for nearly 30 years. He and his partner Mike Krukow - along with the rest of our Emmy award-winning broadcast team - have brought Giants baseball into our fans’ homes. Duane has been the Giants link to our fans for so many memorable and historic moments - from Barry Bonds 756th home run, Randy Johnson’s 300th win, Matt Cain’s perfect game, playoff games and two World Series championships.

“He has a special knack for balancing his great respect for the game with an endearing sense of humor. He makes everyone - whether you are new to the game or a longtime fan - feel like they are a part of the Giants family.”

Repoz Posted: September 14, 2013 at 01:05 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: September 14, 2013 at 01:38 AM (#4541294)
While I have nothing against Kuiper, and do enjoy his broadcasts, the next Bay Area baseball announcer that should win the Frick award is Bill King.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 14, 2013 at 02:09 AM (#4541298)
While I have nothing against Kuiper, and do enjoy his broadcasts, the next Bay Area baseball announcer that should win the Frick award is Bill King.

it's a scandal that he hasn't already. Good freaking christ, Jimmy Dudley won it and I had to listen to that idiot all thoo my adolescence. (well..I didn't HAVE to, but there was no alternative)
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: September 14, 2013 at 02:25 AM (#4541302)
Is there any more reason needed to despise the Ford C Frick award.... I mean seriously an internet popularity vote? If Justin Bieber's name entered the ballot he would win in a landslide...this gives you an idea of how ###### stupid it is to have an internet vote for any award of meaning....

Mind you the Ford C Frick award is an utter joke, it's on par with congress giving NFL a handjob during the steroids hearings....it's basically just a chance for the writers/broadcasters to self fellatio themselves.
   4. Steve Treder Posted: September 14, 2013 at 02:26 AM (#4541303)
While I have nothing against Kuiper, and do enjoy his broadcasts, the next Bay Area baseball announcer that should win the Frick award is Bill King.

Yes, yes, and yes.
   5. Rob_Wood Posted: September 14, 2013 at 02:42 AM (#4541305)

The fact that Bill King has not won the Frick award diminishes the award, as stated above, not King's accomplishments.
   6. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 14, 2013 at 03:15 AM (#4541310)
Diminishes is an understatement.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: September 14, 2013 at 03:34 AM (#4541311)
"He makes everyone - whether you are new to the game or a longtime fan - feel like they are a part of the Giants family.”


Not being a Giants fan, I've never really understood the love that locals have for Krukow and Kuiper. I guess they are affable and familiar. The contrast with Jon Miller isn't flattering.
   8. Leroy Kincaid Posted: September 14, 2013 at 07:50 AM (#4541319)
Kuiper is one of those guys who I was surprised to learn was a former player. I mean I knew Kuiper was a player but was surprised the guy with the professional-sounding voice was a player. Rick Monday is another. Steve Busby too, I think.
   9. TerpNats Posted: September 14, 2013 at 08:23 AM (#4541324)
Is there any more reason needed to despise the Ford C Frick award.... I mean seriously an Internet popularity vote? If Justin Bieber's name entered the ballot he would win in a landslide...this gives you an idea of how ###### stupid it is to have an Internet vote for any award of meaning....
I might, might vote for Bieber...if the only other candidates on the ballot were John Sterling and Ken Harrelson.
   10. GregQ Posted: September 14, 2013 at 08:30 AM (#4541327)
I am a Giants fan and have never understood the love for Kuiper. I do not think he is bad, just that he is average.
   11. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 14, 2013 at 08:32 AM (#4541329)
The A's fans voted for King on this internet thing for years and they still passed him over time after time. It means nothing.
   12. Chris Fluit Posted: September 14, 2013 at 08:51 AM (#4541331)
Jays fans finally got Tom Cheek honored after voting for him for years.
   13. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 14, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4541341)
I have no opinion on the award, but I do enjoy the Giants broadcasts.
   14. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4541375)
Bill King was a great announcer, and a wonderful presence in the Bay Area who was perfectly matched to his market as a personality.

Duane Kuiper is a guy.
   15. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM (#4541382)
BTW, Ken Korach has written a book about his time working with Bill King. I'm not expecting much, but I will be checking it out.
   16. RickG Posted: September 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM (#4541394)
Yes, vote Kuip, because the Hall needs a Saluki (even in Frick Award form). And Dave Stieb and Steve Finley didn't quite get there.
   17. Mendo Posted: September 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM (#4541424)
I actually donated to the Kickstarter campaign for Korach's book on Bill King. My signed copy just arrived this week, and while it isn't great literature, it is making me very happy.
   18. dejarouehg Posted: September 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM (#4541451)
this gives you an idea of how ###### stupid it is to have an internet vote for any award of meaning....
There aren't a lot of public votes of any kind that are confidnece-inspiring in the American Electorate.

basically just a chance for the writers/broadcasters to self fellatio themselves.
I guess if no one else is willing to give it to them, it's an admirable goal.

Would like to see Jim Kaat be honored for his work. Always thought he had the right balance in how he does a game.
   19. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 14, 2013 at 04:07 PM (#4541590)
My appreciation for Duane Kuiper is his unfiltered delivery. He usually speaks his mind. If a Giants player does something bone-headed, he is likely to say that it was a bone-headed thing to do. His deadpan cracks crack me up sometimes, too. He's an acquired taste, to be sure, but you could do a lot worse. An award--this site has turned me cold toward most awards so I really don't care.
   20. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: September 14, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4541641)
Kuiper is one of those guys who I was surprised to learn was a former player.

He wasn't.

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