Staats a finalist for Hall's Frick award
Rays TV man Dewayne Staats is one of 10 finalists for the Hall of Fame’s Frick award, the annual honor for baseball broadcasting excellence to be announced Dec. 4 at the winter meetings.
Staats has been behind the mic for 36 years, including all 15 Rays seasons. He worked previously for the Astros, Cubs and Yankees, as well as ESPN and The Baseball Network.
Staats was one of seven candidates chosen by the Hall’s research committee, joining Ken Coleman (Indians, Reds, Red Sox), John Gordon (Twins), Graham McNamee (NBC), Eric Nadel (Rangers), Eduardo Ortega (Padres Spanish language) and Mike Shannon (Cardinals). A fan vote provided three others: Tom Cheek (Expos, Blue Jays), Jacque Doucet (Expos French language) and Bill King (A's).
Voting will be done by a 21-member panel including past winners, media members and historians based on longevity, continuity, honors and popularity. The winner will be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend, July 26-29, 2013.
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