For more than 90 years, the connection between baseball broadcasters and fans has strengthened the appreciation for the National Pastime.
Fans can celebrate that bond by making their voices heard in the annual online vote to determine three finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
The process will allow fans to cast votes at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/baseballhall — marking the ninth consecutive year that fans will select three of the 10 names on the ballot for the Frick Award. Voting runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, and fans can cast votes once per day through September for their favorite broadcaster.
This year, the Museum has pared the list of fan-eligible candidates to 75 – two representing every current big league team and 15 at-large selections — based on popularity, longevity and past voting results in the online fan balloting. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.
Results of the fan voting will be announced on October 5. The final 2012 Frick Award ballot will be comprised of the three fan selections, along with seven other candidates, determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team.
The 2012 Ford C. Frick Award winner will be announced December 6 at baseball’s Winter Meetings.
Eligible broadcast candidates for the fan vote include:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Greg Schulte, Daron Sutton
Atlanta Braves: Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren
Baltimore Orioles: Joe Angel, Jim Hunter
Boston Red Sox: Joe Castiglione, Jerry Remy
Chicago Cubs: Pat Hughes, Ron Santo
Chicago White Sox: Ed Farmer, Ken Harrelson
Cincinnati Reds: Waite Hoyt, Joe Nuxhall
Cleveland Indians: Mike Hegan, Herb Score
Colorado Rockies: Jack Corrigan, Wayne Hagin
Detroit Tigers: George Kell, Jim Price
Florida Marlins: Tommy Hutton, Rich Waltz
Houston Astros: Bill Brown, Larry Dierker
Kansas City Royals: Ryan Lefebrve, Paul Splittorff
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Dick Enberg, Jose Mota
Los Angeles Dodgers: Rick Monday, Ross Porter
Milwaukee Brewers: Merle Harmon, Bill Schroeder
Minnesota Twins: Dick Bremer, John Gordon
New York Mets: Gary Cohen, Ralph Kiner
New York Yankees: Michael Kay, John Sterling
Oakland Athletics: Ray Fosse, Bill King
Philadelphia Phillies: Richie Ashburn, Chris Wheeler
Pittsburgh Pirates: Steve Blass, Lanny Frattare
San Diego Padres: Ted Leitner, Eduardo Ortega
San Francisco Giants: Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper
Seattle Mariners: Ron Fairly, Rick Rizzs
St. Louis Cardinals: Al Hrabosky, Mike Shannon
Tampa Bay Rays: Todd Kalas, Dewayne Staats
Texas Rangers: Mark Holtz, Eric Nadel
Toronto Blue Jays: Tom Cheek, Jerry Howarth
Washington Nationals: Bob Carpenter, Charlie Slowes
At-large candidates: Thom Brennaman, Joe Buck, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ned Martin, Buck Martinez, Tim McCarver, Al Michaels, Joe Morgan, Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Phil Rizzuto, John Rooney, Steve Stone, Gary Thorne
Online voting for fan selections for the 2012 Frick Award ballot will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site www.facebook.com/baseballhall and will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30.
This fall, a 20-member electorate will vote on the final 10-name ballot to determine the 2012 Frick Award winner, which will be honored in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame Weekend 2012, July 20-23. The 20-member voting electorate features all Frick Award winners, including 2011 Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Van Horne and the other 14 living Frick Award winners: Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Milo Hamilton, Jaime Jarrin, Tony Kubek, Denny Matthews, Jon Miller, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff, along with five historians and veteran media members: Bob Costas (NBC/MLB Network), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of New York Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian) and Curt Smith (historian).