Staats, Kalas are Rays' Frick Award nominees

Staats, Kalas are Rays' Frick Award nominees

ARLINGTON -- Fans can now vote online for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award -- a prestigious honor given to broadcasters -- by clicking here.

DeWayne Staats and Todd Kalas are Tampa Bay's nominees.

Staats, who is in his 14th season as the Rays' play-by-play man, began his Major League broadcasting career as the radio and TV voice of the Astros (1977-84), then he called radio and TV action for the Cubs from 1985-89. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for the Yankees, and he also spent the 1994-95 seasons calling action for The Baseball Network (ABC/NBC).

Kalas is also in his 14th season with the Rays, and his 19th in the Major Leagues. His primary role with Sun Sports is as a pre- and postgame host and in-game reporter. He has also filled in every season with play-by-play and color on the Rays' television and radio networks. He is the son of the late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, a 2002 Hall of Fame inductee.

Voting on the Facebook page will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30. The top three selections will appear on the final 10-name ballot, with the final selection made by a 20-member electorate. The winner will be announced at baseball's Winter Meetings in Dallas in December.

The Ford C. Frick Award has been presented annually since 1978 to honor excellence in baseball broadcasting, and 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.