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  1. Marlins announcers make Frick ballot Fans can vote for their favorite baseball broadcaster online By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com Dave Van Horne (left) and Tommy Hutton have been nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award. (Marlins) Marlins Headlines MIAMI -- For fans in south Florida, they are the voices of the baseball season. They're recognized and respected for their insights and enthusiasm, putting personality into their coverage of Florida Marlins games. In their comparatively short big-league history, the Marlins have established a long history of presenting prominent announcers. Now three highly regarded Florida broadcasters are eligible for the esteemed 2007 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Lead radio play-by-play announcer Dave Van Horne, along with Fox Sports Net Florida Marlins TV announcers Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton are eligible for the honor. In past years, Van Horne and Hutton have been on the ballot. This is the first season Waltz, the club's TV play-by-play announcer, is eligible. Also on the ballot is retired broadcaster Jay Randolph. One Marlins broadcaster already has received the Frick Award, legendary Spanish-language radio voice Rafael "Felo" Ramirez (2001). Online voting on MLB.com is under way for the award, with fans having the entire month of November to cast votes for up to three baseball broadcasters. Presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Ford C. Frick Award is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ballclub, network or a combination of the two. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for up to three of the nearly 200 broadcasters eligible for consideration for the Frick Award. Fans are allowed to vote once daily. Results will be announced in early December. The fans' selections, along with the full ballot of 10 candidates, will be announced in late January. The final ballot will be comprised of three online selections, along with seven other candidates determined by a Hall of Fame research team. The Frick electorate includes all living award winners and six historians appointed by the Hall of Fame. Van Horne, who works the radio broadcasts with Roxy Bernstein on flagship station 560 WQAM, has the longest tenure of any Florida broadcaster. In all, Van Horne has been behind the microphone for 38 years. After being with the Montreal Expos from their inception in 1969 through 2000, he joined the Marlins radio crew. For a number of years, Van Horne called Expos games on English-language television, as well as on the radio. His stint in Montreal was the sixth longest in the National League, behind legends Vin Scully (Dodgers), Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner (Mets), Jack Buck (Cardinals) and Joe Nuxhall (Reds). On Sept. 6 of this past season, Van Horne, Hutton and Waltz were in their respective broadcast booths when Florida rookie Anibal Sanchez tossed the first no-hitter in the big leagues since Randy Johnson's perfect game in 2004. Van Horne has called nine no-hitters and two perfect games in his distinguished career. Among the memorable broadcasting moments that he was on hand for was the Expos' debut game in 1969, Willie Mays' 3,000th hit, Nolan Ryan passing Walter Johnson in strikeouts, Steve Carlton recording his 4,000th strikeout and Pete Rose collecting his 3,000th and 4,000th hits. Other highlights were covering the Marlins 2003 World Series title team. In 25 seasons in the booth, Hutton, a former big-league first baseman, has broadcasted games for the Expos (1982-86), Yankees (1987-89), Blue Jays (1990-96) and Marlins (1997-present). Counting his playing career, he has 42 years experience in professional baseball. In his first season working for Fox Sports Net Florida, the Marlins went on to win the 1997 World Series. In 2000, he worked as a color analyst for the National League Championship Series and the World Series for Major League Baseball International. While in Montreal, he teamed up with Van Horne on television. The past two seasons, Hutton was selected by Fox Sports to provide analysis on several nationally distributed games. As a player, Hutton broke in with the Dodgers and also played for the Phillies, Blue Jays and Expos. Before the 2005 season, Waltz was hired by FSN Florida to replace Len Kasper, who moved on to broadcast the Cubs. About to enter his third season working for FSN Florida, Waltz got his start broadcasting big-league games with the Mariners (1997-2004). He started off in Seattle as a fill-in announcer and pregame host for the team's television and radio networks. He's also called games nationally for ESPN, ESPN Radio and FX. Along with baseball, Waltz has broadcasted his share of other sports. He has called a number of college football games for ESPN. In college, he was an infielder at the University of California-Davis. When the Marlins began playing in 1993, Randolph was the club's first announcer. He remained with the organization through the 2001 season. He spent 22 of his 46 years in broadcasting covering baseball. Prior to hooking up with the Marlins, Randolph enjoyed a long stint with the Cardinals, and in 1988, he worked for the Reds. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/...sp&c_id=fla Ford C. Frick Award Winners As you may see, if you bother to click the link, this is a very elite class. This would put the icing on the cake to two excellent broadcasting careers. Over the past 9 years, Hutton has suffered and celebrated as much as any Marlin fan. We need to show some support. :thumbup You are permitted one vote a day for a month, try to vote once a day this month. Ballot- Vote Here
  2. The next sixty days are NOT crucial. Don't expect anything more than more talk and/or articles like the one you cite. I'm sure MLB would like to finalize a deal, and the sooner the better. I'm sure Loria would like to finalize a deal...but NOT the sooner the better. It behooves Loria to wait until next Spring to finalize a deal. It's worth 50 Million or so to him to wait. So expect some or lots of talk for the next 120 days. Then hopefully expect some action about 120-180 days from now. As the days pass and as more comes out, it appears more and more likely that Loria's days as majority or minority owner are all but numbered. It's not good news for your ownership when MLB is not inviting you to the stadium negotiation meetings. :lol As I've pointed out before Loria stands to make a lot more money if he completes a deal as soon as possible. $50 million is a drop in the bucket compared to what he would make in the new stadium. You're like a 3rd grader that puts the fingers in his ears and yells "lalalalalalalala" when someone makes a good argument about this issue. (2003 and I have made the case several times) BTW, sorry Shamrock but I had to use that line. LOL
  3. Miami Herald: Amazing! Pinch yourself, the Marlins are the world's best baseball team! I get chills everytime I read that headline.
  4. Focus turns to stadium -- Mike Berardino and Sarah Talalay Staff and wire reports Posted October 26 2006 With labor negotiations completed, Major League Baseball officials plan to focus on the Marlins' unresolved stadium issue during the next two months. MLB President Bob DuPuy said two representatives of baseball were in Miami this past week. DuPuy also has spoken recently with Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess and Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina. "I expect that we will, in fact, turn our attention to this over the next 60 days to try to get something done," DuPuy said while attending the World Series at St. Louis. "Now that [the labor deal] is done, the Florida stadium situation remains a critical one for us." The Marlins, who declined to comment, have been focusing talks on financing a stadium at Hialeah. Meanwhile, MLB also has been exploring building a stadium at downtown Miami and has contracts to purchase land south of Miami Arena. Although those contracts are expected to expire before year's end, DuPuy said there is still time remaining on them. "We're still alive," DuPuy said. "It's not in the next week or two, or I would know, so we've got some time." http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-spm...0,4487582.story
  5. Red Sox fans on SoSH (best baseball forum on the net period) don't want to run Crisp out of town. They had a poll about a month ago and the vast majority want Crisp back next year. Fact: He was injured for most of the year last year and Red Sox fans don't run the Front Office.
  6. Am I the only one who believes MLB should look into the possibilty of allowing pine tar and other substances to be used by pitchers? But then again, if I were commish my strike zone would be 2 feet across....
  7. Additionally, Fehr demanded some type of guarantee that revenue-sharing funds transferred to small-market teams be used to improve the team on the field, not the franchise's bottom line, the executives told USA TODAY. Fehr has said many times this has been one of the union's major concerns with revenue sharing. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/co...abor-deal_x.htm
  8. Couple of Videos I found on this: Sadly your right Fox, this will probably happen in Pinstripes. The first video is of a Japanese backdoor slider and not the gyro ball.
  9. WTF is this? Two nights and now National Anthem? Instead we get "Our Country." Could it be anymore of a shameless plug for Chevy? Ok nvm there it is. *wipes brow*
  10. I feel bad for Endy though because if the Mets go on the win the NLCS, his catch would be more well known in years to come. We all know right NOW that it was just a ridiculous grab but I doubt many people will remember it in 40 years. I think this catch will be remembered for a very long for the simple fact it happened in New York. You can compare this to Al Gionfriddo's catch in the '47 World Series. The catch is remembered even though Brooklyn eventually lost the Series. Many baseball historians rank this catch amongst the greatest of all-time. As far Mathews' catch goes, I think Otis Nixon's catch in 1993 tops it. How many players can scale a 12 foot wall and rob a home run?
  11. We had a brief discussion on the issue after the Endy Chavez catch a few days ago. I'll start off with three of my choices... With Game One of the 1954 World Series tied at 2, and runners on first and second and no outs, the Say Hey Kid, runs forever and makes an over-the-shoulder catch some 440 feet from home. Mays then twists and fires the ball back into the infield, arguably holding the runner on second from scoring. The Giants would go on to win the game and sweep the Series from the heavily favored Indians. This play is #1 on this countdown. As Tim Kirkijian will explain, Ron Swoboda, known throughout his career for being terrible defensively, robs Brooks Robinson of a go-ahead extra-base hit in the 9th inning of Game Four of the '69 Series. The O's do tie the game on the play, but the Mets would go on and win the game the next inning. Game Seven of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium. It is the bottom of the 7th inning and the Dodgers hold a 2-0 lead. They are just 9 defensive outs from doing the 'Absolutely Unthinkable' and bringing a championship to Brooklyn. But in typical Yankee fashion a rally mounts, first Billy Martin walks, next Gil McDougald beats out a bunt. Yogi Berra proceeds to hit an outside pitch by Johnny Podres down the left field line, a sure double that would tie the game. The left-handed Sandy Amoros, who had come in as a defensive replacement, comes out of NOWHERE, to make the catch only a left-hander could have made. He sees Gil McDougald way off first and fires to Pee Wee Reese, who throws to Gil Hodges at first base and records the double play. The Dodgers get out of the inning and eventually win the game and the Series.
  12. Correction: I can post whatever I want within the rules of this site. Don't like it? Don't come in here. Look, I'm just saying that we don't need to hear disgusting things like this on this site. I know you're ALLOWED to, I just don't think it's really necessary. Ok, so don't post your bi-monthly Iraq war death counts.
  13. Like? :lol She had 12 pictures of babies she deemed "appropriate" sent to her via e-mail and then she made the trip down and watched the kids play for awhile and basically said "I want that one." It's like shopping! It's only been mentioned in my last two posts. :lol Despite Madonna's claim that she had gone through the proper channels in seeking to adopting David, human rights and child protection groups in Malawi were outraged by the apparent speed with which she was able to take custody of the child and planned to challenge the adoption in court to ensure that rules were not bent for the singer simply because of her fame. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_182...01100020015.htm Funny how even when Madonna does a good thing, she gets criticized. Would you rather have a child live in poverty and possibly die of disease than him having his life saved and having a good education? If it is a "trend" to adopt babies, then gee, that's not a bad trend at all. I'd like to take part in it someday too. I don't have a problem with people adopting babies. It's how she went about doing it that I find disgusting. Don't you find it disgusting that she sat around for awhile and picked the baby like some dog at a pet store? I do and apparently so do many. I think your fandom is getting in the way of making a reasonable judgement. That is no different than the normal adoption process. :lol Does that make it right? These people are human beings, not dogs, cats, or birds.
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