The Rangers have fired dugout coach Jackie Moore and first base coach Dave Anderson. No replacements have been named but Double A manager Steve Buechele is a candidate for the Major League coaching staff. The Rangers have not made an official announcement.
Eric Nadel is a finalist for the Ford Frick Award. Here is the announcement today by the Hall of Fame.
Ten of the National Pastime’s iconic voices have been named as the finalists for the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The 10 finalists for the 2014 Frick Award are: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren. The winner of the 2014 Frick Award will be announced on December 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and will be honored during the July 26 Awards Presentation as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 in Cooperstown.
The 10 finalists for the 2014 Frick Award include the three fan selections produced from online balloting at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site – http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall – in September. A total of 20,968 votes were cast. Doucet, King and Kuiper emerged as the top three fan selections in the online voting. The other seven candidates were chosen by a Hall of Fame research committee. All broadcasters on the ballot, with the exception of King and van Wieren, are active. All the finalists except for King are living.
The 2014 Frick Award ballot reflects recent changes in the selection process where eligible candidates are grouped together by years of most significant contributions of their broadcasting careers. The new cycle begins with the High Tide Era, which features broadcasters whose main body of work came from the mid-1980s – the start of the regional cable network era – through the present.
The new three-year cycle for the Frick Award will continue in the fall of 2014 with the Living Room Era, which will feature candidates whose most significant years fell during the mid-1950s through the early 1980s. In the fall of 2015, candidates will be considered from the Broadcasting Dawn Era, which features candidates from the earliest days of broadcasting into the early 1950s.
Final voting for the 2014 Frick Award will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 16 living Frick Award recipients and five broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Tony Kubek, Tim McCarver, Denny Matthews, Jon Miller, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker, Dave Van Horne and Bob Wolff, and historians/columnists Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Ted Patterson (historian) and Curt Smith (historian).
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. More than 160 broadcasters were eligible for consideration for the award based on these qualifications for 2014.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said he plans on bringing back his coaching staff next season Tuesday. He said he’d have to discuss it with general manager Jon Daniels, but Washington doesn’t expect any changes in a season where the Rangers failed to make the postseason for the first time since 2009.
Washington also talked about Joe Nathan, who had a club option next season, and Nelson Cruz, who will be a free agent.
“I thought Joe Nathan had a tremendous year,” Washington said. “I think at the end of the year Joe Nathan proved to everyone that doubted him what he was made of, and I certainly would love to continue giving him the ball because he gets outs.”
“When you think about a Nelson Cruz, who wouldn’t want a Nelson Cruz? Big heart, great teammate, but there’s a lot of decisions to be made on our part and Nelson’s part. I do believe Jon Daniels will go down that road and see where it works or doesn’t work.
Nelson Cruz took batting practice before Monday’s game and wasn’t too happy with the results.
“It was ok,” Cruz said. “It wasn’t great, but it was ok. It just didn’t feel right, just trying to figure it out in the cages.”
Cruz is 9-for-21 with three home runs off Rays pitcher David Price.
Alex Rios was named AL-Co Player of the Week with the Rays’ James Loney. He hit .346 (9-for-26) with a home run and eight RBIs, tied for third most in the Majors, last week. Rios will hit third tonight against the Rays and start in right field.
Nelson Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter and batting sixth. Craig Gentry is playing left field and batting eighth. Joey Butler has been designated for assignment.
Scoring early tonight will be crucial. The Rays have been scoring early lately. Martin Perez has to stay under control early.
Alexi Ogando could end up big tonight.