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Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award

Staats is among eight finalists; this is his fourth nomination.

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame as announced this year’s nominees for their annual Ford C. Frick Award and, once again, Dewayne Staats, the Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play announcer has found himself among those nominated.

Staats will be spending his 45th season in professional baseball once the 2020 season commences and his 22nd year calling the action for the Tampa Bay Rays. Staats has also called Major League games for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and the Houston Astros. He also spent some time as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN.

This marks the fourth time that Staats has been nominated the award, with the past three times coming in 2012, 2013, and 2016.

Staats will be up for consideration along with seven other finalists: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, and Mike Shannon.

The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball.” The award, named after the late broadcaster, National League President, Commissioner, and Hall of Famer, has been presented annually since 1978. Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.

- National Baseball Hall of Fame