McCarver Receives the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award This Saturday in Cooperstown
MLB on FOX Action Kicks-Off Saturday at 3:30 PM ET with Rangers/Angels
What’s the Best Fit for Cole Hamels?
TIM MCCARVER RECEIVES 2012 FORD C. FRICK AWARD IN COOPERSTOWN THIS SATURDAY
FOX Sports’ lead MLB game analyst Tim McCarver, receives the highest honor in baseball broadcasting at the Hall of Fame presentation from Cooperstown, NY this Saturday when he is presented with the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award. The award is presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. McCarver is the only network television baseball analyst to broadcast the last 23 regular and postseasons. He called his record 22nd World Series in 2011 and 21st All-Star Game earlier this month which is the most by any broadcaster in the sports’ history. McCarver was selected by the 20-member electorate, comprised of the 15 living Frick Award recipients and five broadcast historians and columnists. Below some colleagues reflect on McCarver’s body of work.
MLB play-by-play partner Joe Buck: “I’m kind of conflicted. I feel almost more excited for Tim going in than I did for my dad when he went in in 1987. When you consider the length of time he caught in the big leagues, the pitchers he caught and the excellence on the mound that he received in Gibson, Carlton and many, many others, – the winning, the championships and then jumping right into the booth and broadcasting all these World Series and all these All-Star Games it’s well received. His overall contribution to the game is unmatched by anybody in that Hall of Fame. It’s different to when my dad went in. I mean, my dad went in because he was a great voice of the game. Tim has done it all, and I think it is overdue. It is so deserved and I am proud of him. I’m proud because of the work he puts in every week and I can tell you, as his partner, when I started in 1996 as a 27 year-old doing the World Series, I was scared to death. When I had him sitting to my right and I had him seconding an opinion of mine, it gave me instant credibility. I owe him a lot and I’ll be there, the proudest one there not at the podium when he goes in on Saturday.”
FOX Sports Media Group Vice-Chairman Ed Goren: “This honor is way overdue and in talking to others who have worked with Tim, three people stand out applauding this honor: Al Michaels, Bob Costas and Tony Kubek. It’s long overdue, and we are thrilled.”
MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig: “Tim has represented this sport for many decades in remarkable fashion. He’s brought great dignity; great knowledge and I congratulate him on an honor that is true and well deserved.”
MLB ACTION CONTINUES SATURDAY – MLB on FOX keeps second half action rolling with three Week 16 afternoon matchups on Saturday, July 21st (3:30 PM ET). In Southern California, the story of the year has been the play of Angels’ outstanding rookie Mike Trout. The CF currently leads the AL in hitting as his squad hosts Josh Hamilton and the AL West-leading Rangers. Tom McCarthy, Mitch Williams & Ken Rosenthal call the action from Angel Stadium in Anaheim. In Detroit, first and second-place in the AL Central meet White Sox P Chris Sale who aims to slow down the bats of the Tigers’ Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. In Philadelphia, the NL West-leading Giants take on Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Chris Myers & Mark Gubicza
Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Yu Darvish, RHP (10-6, 3.96 ERA) vs. TBA
Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville
Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale, LHP (11-2, 2.11 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello, RHP (6-5, 4.66 ERA)
San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies Tom McCarthy, Mitch Williams
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Washington
Probable Pitchers: Matt Cain, RHP (10-3, 2.56 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (11-4, 3.07 ERA)
MOROSI: RANGERS SEEM TO BE A BETTER FIT FOR HAMELS -With the July 31st trade deadline right around the corner, Major League Baseball general managers are in a frenzy to finalize roster decisions. Leading the headlines is the future of Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels who has been rumored to go to the Rangers or the Angels. MLB on FOX & FOXSports.com reporter Jon Paul Morosi believes the Lone Star State is the better choice. “Of those two teams, the Rangers are the better fit for Hamels. They have a much deeper farm system and frankly, their need for starting pitching is greater,” says Morosi. “The Angels could have Dan Haren back by the end of this week if all goes well in his rehab assignment. At that point Garrett Richards or Jerome Williams will move out of the starting pitching rotation so to be honest, the Angels aren’t in that bad of a spot from a starting rotation standpoint. The Texas Rangers, trying to come off those two World Series disappointments, need Hamels much more.”
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FOXSPORTS.COM COUNTS DOWN TO THE OLYMPICS: TRACK CYCLIST DOTSIE BAUSCH GOES FROM DEATH’S DOOR TO OLYMPIAN – Track cyclist Dotsie Bausch’s life hasn’t always been easy. Anorexia not only took her weight, it also took her will to live. However, she made a decision to fight and began taking steps to turn her life around. With that, Bausch turned to cycling. After 12 years on the bike, Bausch can now call herself an Olympian.
FOXSports.com’s Laura Okmin sat down with Bausch to discuss how she defeated anorexia and is now looking to add gold to her improbable story.
“You’re going towards death and there’s really a fork in the road whether you’re going to end up dying from this or get help. And I do remember that moment. I do remember making that choice to try to live. I didn’t know if I was going to live, but I thought I would try to live,” Bausch tells Okmin. She hopes by telling her story, she can help others.
The touching interview can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/84prspc.
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INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES HEADLINE WEEKEND ON FOX SOCCER – High-profile European powerhouses Liverpool, Roma, Chelsea and Paris Saint-German kickoff their pre-season tour with matches in the US and Canada this weekend live on FOX Soccer. This Saturday, July 21st (4:00 PM ET)* from the Rogers Centre, legendary captain Steven Gerrard and his Liverpool team take on Toronto FC in their hometown. Action follows Sunday, July 22nd with back-to-back broadcasts of Roma vs. Zaglebie Lubin (3:30 PM ET) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and a true clash of titans at Yankee Stadium when current UEFA Champions League titleholders Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain (6:30 PM ET)*. PSG have shocked the soccer world in the past few days, successfully announcing the signing of former AC Milan dynamos Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a deal reported to be in excess of €65 million.
*Denotes Herbalife World Football Challenge match
ALONSO DEFENDS LEAD ON GERMAN GRAND PRIX IN HOCKHENHEIM – Current Formula 1 leader and former two-time champion, Fernando Alonso, will have to contain the threat of Red Bull pair Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel if he is to retain the top spot for the 2012 World Championship this Sunday, July 22nd (12:00 PM ET) on FOX. Vettel, who is fighting for his third title in a row, drives in front of his home fan base in Germany and is widely regarded as the favorite this weekend. McLaren’s Englishman Lewis Hamilton, who won in Hockenheim last year and is currently in 4th place in the driver’s race, looks to bounce back from a disappointing 8th place finish in Silverstone (UK) two weeks ago.