Legendary A's announcer King again a finalist for Ford C. Frick award

Legendary A's announcer King again a finalist for Ford C. Frick award

Legendary A’s announcer Bill King once again is a finalist for the Ford C. Frick award, the annual honor presented to a broadcaster by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The other seven nominated for the 2017 honor are the Giants’ Mike Krukow, Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet — who has called Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays games — White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes, former Red Sox announcer Ned Martin and Dewayne Staats, who currently calls Rays games.

This marks the eighth time King has been a finalist, and many in the Bay Area are hoping the award finally goes to the man whose voice is synonymous with many of the most memorable sports moments in Bay Area history.

Among those who have been outspoken proponents for King receiving the Frick award is current A’s play-by-play man Ken Korach, who wrote a 2013 book about King’s career, “Holy Toledo.”

“I do know Bill has a lot of support, whether that equates to being the Frick Award winner I don’t know,” Korach said. “I just feel so strongly that it would mean so much to A’s fans, Bill’s fan base, his family. I just think it’s long overdue. I know Bill didn’t have the profile nationally that some people have. But the way they’ve categorized it, these are local announcers. That’s the way they’ve structured it, and no one had more impact in his market than Bill had.”

The Frick Award is handed out on a three-year rotation of criteria, with the 2017 award going to an announcer who worked for a specific team. The 2018 award will go to a national broadcaster and the 2019 award will be handed out to a pioneer from the earliest days of broadcasting.

King served as the A’s primary radio play-by-play man from 1981-2005, but was also the lead voice for the Raiders from 1966-92 and Warriors from 1962-83. He passed away in October 2005. All other finalists except for Martin are still living.

Because he was so versatile, King isn’t always thought of as a pure baseball broadcaster. But Korach doesn’t believe that theory holds weight.

“(Baseball) was his first love. He enjoyed doing it the most,” Korach said. “His first game was in 1950, his last one in 2005. That spans a long time. He was a passionate baseball historian and he knew the game back and forth. And that defines a Hall of Famer for me.”

A voting committee selects the Frick Award winner, which will be announced Dec. 7 during the Winter Meetings.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.