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Astros aim for repeat Frick Award win

Frick nominees aim to follow Elston's lead

HOUSTON -- Four months after Gene Elston received the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting, it's time to roll out the list of candidates who will be considered for next year's award.

Current television announcers Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies highlight the list of Astros candidates, along with Spanish broadcasters Francisco Ruiz, Alex Trevino and Rene Cardenas.

Other Astros broadcasters, past and present, who are eligible to win the Frick Award include Vince Cotroneo, Larry Dierker, Al Helfer, Orlando Sanchez-Diago, Dewayne Staats and Bill Worrell.

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Presented annually since 1978, 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 2007 Ford C. Frick Award. Bios of each candidate can be found at the Hall of Fame's official Web site. Fans are allowed to vote once daily. Results will be announced on Dec. 6. The fan selections, along with the full ballot of 10 candidates, will be announced in late January.

The final ballot will be comprised of the three fan selections, along with seven other candidates, determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team. The Frick electorate includes all living Award winners and six historians appointed by the Hall of Fame.

The voting electorate consists of 20 members, featuring Elston and the other 13 living Frick Award winners: Marty Brennaman, Herb Carneal, Jerry Coleman, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Harry Kalas, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff.

Six historians and veteran media members are also part of the electorate, including Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of New York's Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times).

Voters are asked to base their selections on the following criteria: longevity; continuity with a club; honors, including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games; and popularity with fans. Paper ballots will be cast by voting members each January and the final results will be announced at the Hall of Fame's Web site on Feb. 22.

Each voter will cast ballots for three candidates, and the broadcaster with the most support will be named as that year's award-winner, and be honored the following summer at the annual induction ceremony in Cooperstown.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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