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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

MLB: Vote for your favorite MLB broadcaster

The Bob Gamere Movement starts here!

Balloting for the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence is under way, with the top three vote-getters by the fans automatically qualifying for the 10-member ballot that will be formulated by a 20-member committee and announced on Dec. 1. The winner will be announced Feb. 22, 2007, and will receive the award during the induction ceremony on July 29 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

...Others under consideration range from former players Jim Kaat, Ken Harrelson, Ron Fairly, Steve Blass, Tommy Hutton, Mike Shannon, Ron Santo, Bobby Murcer and Rick Monday to play-by-play men John Gordon, George Grande, Chris Wheeler, John Rooney, Juan Alicea, Skip Caray, Joe Castiglione and Lanny Fratare to network personalities Tim McCarver, Dick Enberg, Buck Martinez, Jon Miller and Joe Buck.

Repoz Posted: November 01, 2006 at 05:29 AM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Anonymous Observer Posted: November 01, 2006 at 05:50 AM (#2229416)
I can't wait to see which broadcaster is the subject of the first "_________ sucks as a broadcaster!!! He shouldn't be there!!!1111oneoneoneeleven" post.

   2. DKDC Posted: November 01, 2006 at 05:57 AM (#2229417)
I'm guessing, McCarver, Buck, or Hawk.
   3. Raskolnikov Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:01 AM (#2229419)
Personally, I'm struggling between choosing Jeanne Zelasko or Steve Lyons. It's a toss-up.
   4. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:06 AM (#2229421)
How ####### awesome would it be to have Jeanne Zelasko in the HoF and guys like Blyleven and Santo (who are always campaigning for it)out!!!!

I can't wait, I'm going to take the week off from workd and vote for her 10000000 times, seriously!!!!!
   5. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:07 AM (#2229422)
There are only two candidates on this ballot.

1) Jon Miller
2) the terrorists

Don't let the terrorists win.
   6. Urban Faber Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:22 AM (#2229430)
Zelasko's not on the ballot, fortunately, though just about everyone who has done an inning of a major league game appears to be.
   7. susan mullen Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:26 AM (#2229431)
The author of this article is listed as Jack O'Connell. I wondered if this was the same guy who's actually the most important person in the world, the guy who makes the phone calls. But all it says by way of describing him is that he's a reporter for, and that anything he just told you was not subject to the approval of MLB or any of its clubs. It must be him. He operates subject to no one's approval.
   8. Xander Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:43 AM (#2229436)
Matt Vasgersian
Matt Vasgersian
Matt Vasgersian
   9. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: November 01, 2006 at 06:45 AM (#2229437)
I think I'll vote for Joe Morgan just to see everyone here's head explode.
   10. Raskolnikov Posted: November 01, 2006 at 07:13 AM (#2229444)
Well, Jon, I think that you have to consider Morgan a favorite. He came to the broadcast each day ready to broadcast. He just *knows* how to be a great broadcaster. But then Miller has a chance too. I just think that it depends on how much support he gets from the voters. And Rooney has a chance too. I've always said it's not just about the experience, it's also about how many years you've been on the mike. And Buck, I wouldn't count him out. It just depends on how many votes he gets. And injuries play a big role too. So we really don't know. It could be Morgan. It could be Miller. It could be Rooney or Buck. I think they're all favorites - it just depends on how many votes they get on the ballot.

As an aside - my boys of Chelsea have placed Barca on the brink in the Champions League. We have to find a way to get Mourinho to join the Mets' front office. He has a divine touch.
   11. Meatwad needs baseball Posted: November 01, 2006 at 07:27 AM (#2229446)
ok, im gonna stuff the box for santo then. he is fun to listen to
   12. McCoy Posted: November 01, 2006 at 07:28 AM (#2229447)
One name: Steve Stone
   13. crict Posted: November 01, 2006 at 07:30 AM (#2229448)
One of those days, they'll have to let Jacques Doucet in.

34 years with the Expos, generally acknowledge to be the voice of baseball in Quebec.

It was all done in French, so he's pretty much unknown.

There was a successful voting camping for him last year that put him in the top 3 and on the final ballot. Let's hope he made many friends that are on that committee.
   14. crict Posted: November 01, 2006 at 07:31 AM (#2229449)
of course camping=campain. It's late.
   15. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: November 01, 2006 at 10:08 AM (#2229463)
If you are a HOF Member, what is your Member number?
   16. Run Joe Run Posted: November 01, 2006 at 12:15 PM (#2229469)
#10. Raskolnikov

Nice! It felt like I was reading right from his chat.
   17. Dudefella Posted: November 01, 2006 at 12:39 PM (#2229472)
Whatever else you think of Tim McCarver & Buck Martinez, I find it interesting that McCarver (21 seasons played) and Martinez (17 seasons played) don't seem to make the cut as "former players."
   18. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: November 01, 2006 at 01:20 PM (#2229486)
One of those days, they'll have to let Jacques Doucet in.

34 years with the Expos, generally acknowledge to be the voice of baseball in Quebec.

Mais oui! Great call.

Also: Tom Cheek.

Best Regards

   19. TOLAXOR Posted: November 01, 2006 at 01:26 PM (#2229488)



   20. schuey Posted: November 01, 2006 at 01:54 PM (#2229510)
John Sterling and Michael Kay are obvious choices for anyone who is smarter than Jerry Quarry. But no Suzyn Waldman on the ballot? Pathetic.
   21. TerpNats Posted: November 01, 2006 at 02:01 PM (#2229520)
John Rooney deserves some props, not just for doing play-by-play for the past two champions (although think of it -- he called the final out of a Chicago team winning a World Series, something no other broadcaster in that city's history can claim!) but for being a solid, listenable radio guy who doesn't insult your intelligence. And Lord knows, we don't have too many of those anymore. (But why was Rooney made the #2 guy in St. Louis behind Mike Shannon? When Harry Kalas joined the Phillies, with at the time a much less convincing resume than Rooney's, he was not subjugated behind Rich Ashburn in the booth.)
   22. Traderdave Posted: November 01, 2006 at 02:47 PM (#2229553)
Bill King
   23. scareduck Posted: November 01, 2006 at 03:06 PM (#2229569)
A list that does not include Vin Scully is a crock, whether by omission or by commission.
   24. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 01, 2006 at 03:06 PM (#2229570)
Bill King seconded.
   25. Banta Posted: November 01, 2006 at 03:11 PM (#2229575)
I think Fran Healy is the obvious choice. He was a great broadcaster last year.

Seriously though, I hope some of my fellow Met fans give Ralph Kiner some respect, because SNY sure as hell didn't.
   26. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: November 01, 2006 at 03:13 PM (#2229578)
A list that does not include Vin Scully is a crock, whether by omission or by commission.

He's not on there because he already won the award:

The 20-member electorate is comprised of 14 Frick Award recipients and six broadcast historians and columnists: Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Herb Carneal, Jerry Coleman, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Harry Kalas, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker, Bob Wolff and Elston, plus Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of New York Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times).
   27. VG Posted: November 01, 2006 at 03:47 PM (#2229599)
He's not on there because he already won the award:

This also applies to Marty Brennaman.
   28. Dagezi Posted: November 01, 2006 at 09:52 PM (#2229841)
Mike Krukow
   29. dr. scott Posted: November 01, 2006 at 10:03 PM (#2229845)
I ahve memories of Bill King winning last year, but maybe he was just put on the ballot. He and Jon Miller seem to be no brainers, but I dont expect Miller to go in for at least another 5-7 years. the guys still young...
   30. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 01, 2006 at 10:06 PM (#2229847)
Look, seriously, the former players are taking over all the broadcast booths, but this award is not for them. It is for the real broadcasters, and there are a great many of them who would merrit recognition. The list given in that snippet from the article is a strange one, indeed. I don't think there's anyone who thinks that Chris Wheeler, George Grande, or John Gordon would be reasonable choices. Bill King is the first choice, but in coming years, Skip Caray, Dave Niehaus, Tom Cheek, Eric Nadel, Denny Matthews, and Dave Van Horne should receive the honor. But not all of them will. I don't think MLB is interested in honoring figures associated with Canadian baeball, for example, ruling out Cheek and Van Horne (who is double black-listed for also being associated with the Marlins), and of those others, only Caray has had any kind of national exposure.

John Sterling win win the Frick award someday, though...
   31. The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: November 02, 2006 at 12:19 AM (#2229922)
Skip Caray, Bill King, and the voice of my youth, Vince Lloyd.
   32. Charlie O Posted: November 02, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2230432)
Dr. Scott: I think Bill King scored the best in the fan voting which put him on the ballot but he didn't win the award.

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