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Fans are casting their ballots now through September 30 for Ford C. Frick Award



More Than 40 Broadcasters from the ‘Living Room Era’ Eligible for 2015 Frick Award

They stood on the shoulders of pioneers, helping build the National Pastime into a game heard and seen across the nation.

Some of the game’s greatest broadcasters left their mark during the four-decade span of the 1950s through the mid-1980s. This fall, one of them will win broadcasting’s most prestigious award.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened the annual Ford C. Frick Award online ballot vote today, and voting will continue through 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30, giving fans the chance to select their favorite broadcaster as one of three fan choices on the final 10-person ballot for the 2015 Frick Award. The Ford C. Frick Award has been presented annually since 1978 by the Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting. Annual winners are announced as part of the Baseball Winter Meetings each year, while awardees are presented with their honor the following summer during Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, New York.

The 2015 Frick Award online voting reflects a selection process where eligible candidates are grouped together by years of most significant contributions of their broadcasting careers. The cycle continues with the Living Room Era, which features broadcasters whose main body of work came from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s.

Fans can vote once a day for their favorite broadcaster at More than 40 broadcasters are eligible within in the Living Room Era. The totality of each candidate’s career will be considered, though the era in which the broadcaster is deemed to have had the most significant impact will be determined by a Hall of Fame research team.

Broadcasters eligible in the Living Room Era include Reds broadcasters Waite Hoyt, Al Michaels and Joe Nuxhall:

Richie Ashburn, Billy Berroa, Buddy Blattner, Lou Boudreau, Lorn Brown, Rene Cardenas, Paul Carey, Ken Coleman, Orlando Sanchez-Diago, Dizzy Dean, Jerry Doggett, Don Drysdale, Dick Enberg, Jose Garcia, Earl Gillespie, Merle Harmon, Waite Hoyt, Ernie Johnson, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Vince Lloyd, Ned Martin, Frank Messer, Al Michaels, Monte Moore, Gustavo Lopez Moreno, Bob Neal, Joe Nuxhall, Bill O’Donnell, Larry Osterman, Gary Park, Jack Quinlan, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Jean-Pierre Roy, Herb Score, Duke Snider, Bob Starr, Joe Tait, Bill White and Jim Woods.

Following the selection of the three fan ballot candidates through the online vote, a Hall of Fame research committee will set the remainder of the ballot. The final 10-name ballot will be announced in early October.

The 20-member Frick Award Committee will cast ballots during November, with the 2015 winner to be announced during the 2014 Baseball Winter Meetings from San Diego, Calif., December 9-10. The Frick Award electorate is comprised of the 16 living Frick Award recipients and four broadcast historians/columnists, including Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Tony Kubek, Denny Matthews, Tim McCarver, Jon Miller, Eric Nadel, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker, Dave Van Horne and Bob Wolff, and historians/columnists Bob Costas (NBC/MLB Network), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Ted Patterson (historian) and Curt Smith (historian).

The three-year cycle for the Frick Award will continue in the fall of 2015 with the Broadcasting Dawn Era, which will feature candidates whose most significant years fell from radio’s earliest days through the early 1950s. High Tide Era candidates, which include broadcasters from the mid-1980s to the present, will next be considered in the fall of 2016.

Thirty-eight broadcasters have been presented with the Frick Award with Mel Allen and Red Barber selected as the first recipients in 1978. A single winner has been selected in each year following, with Texas Rangers voice Eric Nadel receiving the honor in 2014.

Voters are asked to base their selections on longevity; continuity with a club; honors, including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games; and popularity with fans. To be considered, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.

The Ford C. Frick Award was named in memory of the sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball commissioner. The complete list of recipients includes:


1978 Mel Allen 1990 By Saam 2003 Bob Uecker
Red Barber 1991 Joe Garagiola 2004 Lon Simmons
1979 Bob Elson 1992 Milo Hamilton 2005 Jerry Coleman
1980 Russ Hodges 1993 Chuck Thompson 2006 Gene Elston
1981 Ernie Harwell 1994 Bob Murphy 2007 Denny Matthews
1982 Vin Scully 1995 Bob Wolff 2008 Dave Niehaus
1983 Jack Brickhouse 1996 Herb Carneal 2009 Tony Kubek
1984 Curt Gowdy 1997 Jimmy Dudley 2010 Jon Miller
1985 Buck Canel 1998 Jaime Jarrin 2011 Dave Van Horne
1986 Bob Prince 1999 Arch McDonald 2012 Tim McCarver
1987 Jack Buck 2000 Marty Brennaman 2013 Tom Cheek
1988 Lindsey Nelson 2001 Felo Ramirez 2014 Eric Nadel
1989 Harry Caray 2002 Harry Kalas    

For more information on the Ford C. Frick Award, please visit

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our Web site at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.



MLB and Chevrolet announces 30 club nominees for 2014 Roberto Clemente Award


Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

Willie Mays won the first Clemente Award in 1971 when it was known as the Commissioner’s Award, recognizing community service around the game. He is one of 14 Hall of Famers on the distinguished list of recipients. After 1972, the award was dedicated in Clemente’s name.

Clubs playing at home on Wednesday will recognize their nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting clubs will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.

American League nominees include Nick Markakis of Baltimore, Craig Breslow of Boston, Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox, Nick Swisher of Cleveland, Justin Verlander of Detroit, Jason Castro of Houston, Eric Hosmer of Kansas City, C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels, Glen Perkins of Minnesota, CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Jed Lowrie of Oakland, Felix Hernandez of Seattle, Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay, Adrian Beltre of Texas and Todd Redmond of Toronto.

National League nominees include Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona, Craig Kimbrel of Atlanta, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, Skip Schumaker of Cincinnati, Michael Cuddyer of Colorado, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Steve Cishek of Miami, Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, David Wright of the New York Mets, Jimmy Rollins of Philadelphia, Charlie Morton of Pittsburgh, Jason Motte of St. Louis, Ian Kennedy of San Diego, Sergio Romo of San Francisco and Ian Desmond of Washington.

The award recognizes the MLB player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Each club nominates one team member in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

“I feel extremely proud of the support that Major League Baseball and Chevy provides to our communities,” said Vera Clemente, Clemente’s widow and an MLB goodwill ambassador who helps present the award each fall. “I know Roberto would be honored to know the way today’s players support multiple causes. … They are truly role models for today’s generation.”

This year’s list includes seven 2014 All-Stars: Beltre, Goldschmidt, Hernandez, Kershaw, Kimbrel, Perkins and Rizzo. One of those, Kershaw could become the only two-time recipient of this award, having received it in 2012.

There were more than 1.3 million fan votes last year, and fans can start voting again on Wednesday at, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media. Voting ends on Oct. 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to next month’s World Series.

The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel of dignitaries, which includes Commissioner Bud Selig; MLB chief operating officer and Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred; Vera Clemente; Hall of Fame Broadcaster and the Spanish Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers Jaime Jarrin; MLB Network analysts and former Clemente Award winners Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds (also of FOX Sports) and John Smoltz (also of FOX Sports); Hall of Famer, ESPN analyst and former Clemente Award winner Barry Larkin; ESPN analyst and former Clemente Award winner Rick Sutcliffe; FOX broadcaster Joe Buck; Hall of Famer and TBS analyst Dennis Eckersley; TBS analyst Ron Darling (also of MLB Network); senior correspondent Hal Bodley; a representative from Chevrolet and others.

Last month marked the 80th anniversary of Clemente’s birth. What does it mean to carry on his legacy in this way? Recipients at each presentation always say that it is one of the most important honors of their careers, on or off the field. Just being one of these 30 nominees means a player has made a huge impact.

“When I was a kid, I always wanted to be like [Clemente] in one way, meaning having the opportunity to play baseball, having the opportunity to give back,” Beltran said in his acceptance speech last year at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where he was preparing for that night’s World Series game against the Red Sox.




Philadelphia Phillies issue statement on Papelbon suspension



Concerning the conduct of Jonathan Papelbon during yesterday’s game, the Phillies have issued the following statement:

“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”



Phillies’ Papelbon suspended by MLB

Pitcher Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions following the top of the ninth inning of the Sunday, September 14th game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Jonathan Papelbon (courtesy

Papelbon will begin serving his suspension tonight, when the Phillies open their road series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.



IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin released from hospital


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis today to continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an accident during practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series event at Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 29.

“I’m feeling better each day,” Aleshin said. “I’m very happy to be back in Indianapolis with my friends and the team. The doctors are taking very good care of me. Everything is going as planned with my recovery, and before you know it I’ll be back behind the steering wheel.”

Mikhail Aleshin (2012 photo by Henry Mineur via wikipedia commons)

Aleshin, who suffered a concussion, chest injuries, fractured ribs and broken clavicle, was transferred to Methodist from Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif. on Sept. 9. Following his transfer, Aleshin was evaluated by doctors at Methodist, including INDYCAR medical consultants Dr. Terry Trammell and Dr. Kevin Scheid, and underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right shoulder.


Aleshin will remain in Indianapolis as he continues his rehabilitation under the consultation of INDYCAR Medical. He is expected to make a full recovery from all the injuries he suffered in the incident.



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