Mike Krukow named California Sportscaster of the Year


Mike Krukow named California Sportscaster of the Year

CSN Bay Area’s San Francisco Giants color commentator Mike Krukow on Monday was named California’s 2015 Sportscaster of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.  

It's the first California Sportscaster of the Year Award for Krukow. CSN Bay Area’s Greg Papa is a three-time winner of the Award.

Chris Berman, Billy Packer, the late David Halberstam and Gary Smith were announced as 2016 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame inductees. They will be inducted during the 57th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 18-20, in Salisbury, NC.

The Hall of Famers will be honored, along with National Sportscaster of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, National Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci, and 104 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year from throughout the United States.

(Times won in parentheses) *-Deceased 

Sportscaster - Chris Berman, ESPN/ABC
Sportscaster – Billy Packer, Raycom/NBC/CBS
Sportswriter – *David Halberstam, Author
Sportswriter – Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC Sports (3)

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, (2)


Alabama Sportscaster of the Year
Lauren Sisler, WIAT-TV, Birmingham (1)
Alabama Sportswriter of the Year
Kevin Scarbinsky,, Birmingham (5)

Arizona Sportscaster of the Year
Tim Healey, Sun Devil Radio Network, Tempe (1)
Arizona Sportswriter of the Year
Paul Coro, Arizona Republic, Phoenix (2)
Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year
Wess Moore, KLRT-TV, Little Rock (1)
Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year
Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Fayetteville (2)
California Sportscaster of the Year
Mike Krukow, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area/KNBR Giants Networks, San Francisco (1)
California Sportswriter of the Year
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles (1)
Colorado Sportscaster of the Year
Drew Goodman, ROOT Sports Rockies TV/ESPN Radio, Denver (12)
Colorado Sportswriter of the Year
Terry Frei, Denver Post, Denver (3)
Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year
Jeff Dooley, WPOP (Hartford Yard Goats baseball)/WDRC Radio (U. of Hartford basketball), Hartford (1)
Connecticut Sportswriter of the Year
Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford (4)
Delaware Sportscaster of the Year
Bill Harman, 94.7 WDSD, Wilmington (1)
Delaware Sportswriter of the Year
Kevin Tresolini, The News Journal, Wilmington (9)
District of Columbia Sportscaster of the Year
George Wallace, WTOP Radio, Washington (1)
District of Columbia Sportswriter of the Year
Barry Svrluga, Washington Post, Washington (1)
Florida Sportscaster of the Year
Andy Freed, WDAE 620/95.3 Rays Network, Tampa (1)
Florida Sportswriter of the Year
Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, Miami (1)
Georgia Sportscaster of the Year
Wes Durham, 92.9 The Game Falcons Radio/Fox Sports South/ACC TV Networks, Atlanta (10)
Georgia Sportswriter of the Year
Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta (7)
Hawaii Sportscaster of the Year
Rob DeMello, KHON-TV, Honolulu (1)
Hawaii Sportswriter of the Year
Billy Hull, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu (1)
Idaho Sportscaster of the Year
Jay Tust, KTVB-TV, Boise (1)
Idaho Sportswriter of the Year
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, Boise
Illinois Sportscaster of the Year
Pat Hughes, 780 WBBM Cubs Radio Network, Chicago (7)
Illinois Sportswriter of the Year
Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago (1)
Indiana Sportscaster of the Year
Mark Boyle, Indiana Pacers Radio Network, Indianapolis (4)
Indiana Sportswriter of the Year
Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis (1)
Iowa Sportscaster of the Year
John Walters, Iowa State Cyclones Radio Network/Learfield, Ames (4)
Iowa Sportswriter of the Year
Rick Brown, Des Moines Register, Des Moines (11)
Kansas Sportscaster of the Year
Bob Davis, Jayhawk IMG Sports Network, Lawrence (14)
Kansas Sportswriter of the Year
Bob Lutz, Wichita Eagle, Wichita (3)
Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year
Fred Cowgill, WLKY-TV, Louisville (1)
Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year
Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington (1)
Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year
Jim Hawthorne, LSU Sports Radio Network, Baton Rouge (2)
Louisiana Sportswriter of the Year
Ron Higgins, Times-Picayune, New Orleans (1)
Maine Sportscaster of the Year
Rich Kimball, Black Bear Sports Properties/Learfield, Orono (6)
Maine Sportswriter of the Year
Mike Lowe, Portland Press-Herald, Portland (1)
Maryland Sportscaster of the Year
Brett Hollander, WBAL-TV & Radio, Baltimore (1)
Maryland Sportswriter of the Year (Tie)
Roch Kubatko,, Baltimore (2)
Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore (6)
Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year
Don Orsillo, NESN, Boston
Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year (Tie)
Steve Buckley, Boston Herald, Boston (1)
Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe, Boston (3)
Michigan Sportscaster of the Year
Matt Shepard, Fox Sports Detroit, Detroit (1)
Michigan Sportswriter of the Year
Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press, Detroit (1)
Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year
Cory Provus, Go 96.3 Twins Radio Network, Minneapolis (1)
Minnesota Sportswriter of the Year
Michael Russo, Star Tribune, Minneapolis (3)
Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year
David Kellum, Ole Miss IMG Sports Network, Oxford (7)
Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year
Davis Potter, Oxford Eagle, Oxford (1)
Missouri Sportscaster of the Year
Mike Kelly, Missouri Tiger Radio Network, Columbia (3)
Missouri Sportswriter of the Year
Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star, Kansas City (2)
Montana Sportscaster of the Year
Rocky Erickson, Northern Sports Network, Billings (9)
Montana Sportswriter of the Year
Scott Mansch, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls (10)
Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year
Andy Kendeigh, KETV-TV, Omaha (2)
Nebraska Sportswriter of the Year
Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha (3)
Nevada Sportscaster of the Year
Russ Langer, Las Vegas 51s/UNLV IMG Sports Networks, Las Vegas (10)
Nevada Sportswriter of the Year
Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas (5)
New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year
Bob Lipman, WTPL/Wildcat Sports Properties/Learfield, Concord/Durham (6)
New Hampshire Sportswriter of the Year
Mike Zhe, Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth (1)
New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year
Chris Carlin, Rutgers IMG Sports Network, New Brunswick (1)
New Jersey Sportswriter of the Year
Steve Politi, Star Ledger, Newark (1)
New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year
Jeff Siembieda, 610 The Sports Animal, Albuquerque (1)
New Mexico Sportswriter of the Year
Rick Wright, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque (4)
New York Sportscaster of the Year
Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York (8)
New York Sportswriter of the Year (Tie)
Brian Costello, New York Post, New York (1)
Bob Glauber, Newsday, New York (2)
North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year
Chuck Kaiton, Carolina Hurricanes Radio Network, Raleigh (1)
North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year
Tom Sorensen, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte (2)
North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year
Jake Kulland, KNDK Radio, Langdon (1)
North Dakota Sportswriter of the Year
Jeff Kolpack, The Forum, Fargo (1)
Ohio Sportscaster of the Year
George Vogel, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati (1)
Ohio Sportswriter of the Year (Tie)
Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland (1)
Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati (1)

Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year
*Bob Barry, Jr., KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City (7)
Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year
Barry Lewis, Tulsa World Tulsa (1)
Oregon Sportscaster of the Year
Dan Sheldon, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Portland (1)
Oregon Sportswriter of the Year
Jason Quick, The Oregonian/Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Portland (3)
Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year
Scott Franzke, 94 WIP Phillies Radio Network, Philadelphia (2)
Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year
Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia (1)
Rhode Island Sportscaster of the Year
Ken Bell, WLNE-TV, Providence (2)
Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year
Bill Koch, Providence Journal, Providence (1)
South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year
Rick Henry, WIS-TV, Columbia (1)
South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year
Gene Sapakoff, Post and Courier, Charleston (6)

South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year
Steve Morgan, KORN Radio, Mitchell (2)
South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year
Jeremy Hoeck, Press & Dakotan, Yankton (1)
Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year
Pete Weber, Fox Sports Tennessee/Predators TV & 102.5 The Game Radio Networks, Nashville (4)
Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year
Teresa Walker, Associated Press, Nashville (1)
Texas Sportscaster of the Year
Eric Nadel, Rangers Radio Network, Dallas (8)
Texas Sportswriter of the Year
Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Dallas (3)

Utah Sportscaster of the Year
Bill Riley, ESPN 700 Utah Sports Network, Salt Lake City (2)
Utah Sportswriter of the Year
Amy Donaldson, Deseret News, Salt Lake City (1)
Vermont Sportscaster of the Year
Scott Fleishman, WCAX-TV, Burlington (1)
Vermont Sportswriter of the Year
Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press, Burlington (1)

Virginia Sportscaster of the Year
Travis Wells, WDBJ-TV, Roanoke (1)
Virginia Sportswriter of the Year
David Teel, Daily Press, Newport News (9)

Washington Sportscaster of the Year
Larry Weir, EWU Radio Network, Spokane (2)
Washington Sportswriter of the Year
John Blanchette, Spokesman Review, Spokane (8)

West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year
Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington (5)
West Virginia Sportswriter of the Year
Chuck McGill, Gazette-Mail, Charleston (4)

Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year
Tim Van Vooren, WITI-TV, Milwaukee (3)
Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year
Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee (1)
Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year
Steve Core, KUGR Radio, Green River (3)
Wyoming Sportswriter of the Year
Jeremiah Johnke, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne (1)

National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association media services contributed to this report


Former Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell takes job in Japan


Former Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell takes job in Japan

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the front office started the search for a new manager, the coaching staff was given time to look for new jobs. Hitting coach Alonso Powell ended up across the ocean, but his new job will still be a familiar one. 

Powell will join the staff of the Chunichi Dragons, a Japanese team based in Nagoya. He played for the Dragons for six seasons, hitting .355 in one of them and won three straight batting titles while starring in Nagoya from 1992-97. Powell is reportedly already working with the team:

The Giants had kept quiet about Powell's status, but they are expected to have nearly a completely new staff under Gabe Kapler, who was hired last week. Ron Wotus will return as third base coach, but he was the only holdover to attend Kapler's press conference. 

Bullpen coach Matt Herges has already joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as pitching coach and former bench coach Hensley Meulens has been offered a job by the Marlins. Meulens was also thought to be a candidate for the Mets bench coach job, and he has not officially been announced as a staff member for the Marlins. It's unclear where pitching coach Curt Young, assistant hitting coach Rick Schu, and first base coach Jose Alguacil currently stand. 

Powell, a Bay Area native, came to the Giants after the 2017 season with the task of getting an aging lineup to hit for more power. There were success stories, and Powell was popular within the organization, but he was unable to squeeze much more out of a veteran group. Powell came from Houston and brought some new methods to the Giants, and they're expected to go even further in that direction. The addition of Kapler, along with former Cubs executive Scott Harris, indicates the Giants will dive even deeper into analytics. 

Giants GM Scott Harris details meaningful trip to Wrigley Field bleachers

Giants GM Scott Harris details meaningful trip to Wrigley Field bleachers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Farhan Zaidi has been part of the group moving the bullpens to center field at Oracle Park, but once the season starts, he'll never have an up-close view of the action out there. The front office has a suite on the club level and Zaidi also has an office in the clubhouse, where he can work while watching his Giants. 

If Zaidi is able to accomplish his goal of getting the Giants back to the postseason, though, you might see him out in the bleachers by the new bullpens. His general manager might demand it

Scott Harris was an integral part of the Cubs' baseball operations department when the team won the World Series in 2016, and earlier that year, he played a leading role in a moment that went viral. Harris and other Cubs executives watched a game from the bleachers after the Cubs clinched their division, with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein sporting a fake mustache that made him stand out even more than his fame would have. 

On this week's Giants Insider Podcast, Harris explained how he got Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, and other Cubs executives to watch a game from Wrigley's wild bleachers. Harris said they generally watched games from the general manager's suite behind the plate and always noticed how much fun fans were having in the bleachers. 

"We were longing for a day when we could actually go out into the bleachers," Harris said. "I kept asking Theo and Jed, 'Hey we should do that one time' or 'Everyone should have the opportunity to go.' They finally said, 'If we win the division, the next day we can all go out to the bleachers.' Sure enough, we won the division and I reminded them via text message that night and we set it up so that we could go sit in the bleachers for that game. 

"We thought we would get away with it for a few innings -- maybe by the seventh inning people would start to catch on. In the very first inning the relievers in the bullpen started pointing at us and then our centerfielder flipped a ball to us. We thought to ourselves, 'Well, our cover is blown.'"

For Harris, hired a week ago to rebuild the organization with Zaidi and Gabe Kapler, it's more than just a funny story and memorable day. It's an example of the kind of leader he wants to be. Asked what stood out about working for Epstein and Hoyer, who finally brought a championship back to Wrigley Field, Harris mentioned their "commitment to culture."

"These are really stressful and very demanding jobs and you often work closely with people for as many as 17 hours a day, so culture is very important, working relationships are very important," Harris said. "You have to work closely together with the people on your baseball ops staff and the president and put yourself in a position to make the right decisions, to make sound baseball decisions one after another after another, to reshape an organization. 

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"They were fully committed to that in Boston (where Epstein won a title). Jed was in San Diego and then both Theo and Jed were in Chicago, and I hope to bring elements of that to San Francisco."

For more of Harris' thoughts on coming to San Francisco, learning from Epstein and Hoyer, developing top prospects, and baseball research and development, you can stream the Giants Insider Podcast here or download it on iTunes here.