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Mike Krukow named California Sportscaster of the Year

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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.

2015-16 NSSA AWARDS WINNERS
(Times won in parentheses) *-Deceased 

2016 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Sportscaster - Chris Berman, ESPN/ABC
Sportscaster – Billy Packer, Raycom/NBC/CBS
Sportswriter – *David Halberstam, Author
Sportswriter – Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated

2015 NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC Sports (3)

2015 NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, SI.com (2)

 2015 STATE SPORTSCASTERS AND SPORTSWRITERS OF THE YEAR

Alabama Sportscaster of the Year
Lauren Sisler, WIAT-TV, Birmingham (1)
Alabama Sportswriter of the Year
Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.com, 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, MASNSports.com, 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

 

MLB rumors: Mark Kotsay entered Giants manager interviews as favorite

MLB rumors: Mark Kotsay entered Giants manager interviews as favorite

As the Giants watch the World Series from home, their search for a new manager continues. Replacing a legend like Bruce Bochy won't be easy, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi can't wait forever. 

Interviews have begun, and the favorite coming into the process might be someone who would just have to switch sides in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly reported Monday that "word around the industry is that [Mark] Kotsay entered this process as a favored candidate." One source also told Baggarly that he would be surprised if the Giants didn't hire Kotsay.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic first reported on Oct. 9 that the Giants would interview Kotsay, who currently serves as the A's quality control coach.

Kotsay, 43, had a 17-year MLB career where he spent four seasons -- 2004 through '07 -- as an outfielder for the A's. Zaidi was a baseball operations analyst in Oakland when Kotsay played for the A's. 

Kotsay retired after the 2013 season and became a special assistant in the San Diego Padres' front office the next season. He then served as the Padres' hitting coach for the 2015 season and was the A's bench coach in 2016. 

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The Giants already interviewed in-house candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus. The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman and John Shea reported Monday that San Francisco also interviewed Cubs first base coach Wil Venable on Friday.

Other reported candidates include Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler

Could Madison Bumgarner's bad road stats hurt him in MLB free agency?

Could Madison Bumgarner's bad road stats hurt him in MLB free agency?

Madison Bumgarner is entering free agency at a curious time in his career. The longtime Giants ace has built a legendary reputation, but plenty of question marks also surround the 30-year-old.

Bumgarner proved he's still a workhorse after missing time the previous two seasons with freak injuries. His 34 starts were tied for the MLB lead, and his 207 2/3 innings pitched ranked second in the NL.

But while looking at Bumgarner's stats from this past season, one thing stands out that could hurt him in free agency and actually help the Giants if they want to bring back the left-hander.

MadBum's home-road splits were staggering in 2019. He was a completely different pitcher in front of the home crowd at Oracle Park, compared to pitching away from San Francisco.

Here are Bumgarner's home stats this past season, compared to when he pitched on the road.

Home: 19 GS, 6-2, 2.93 ERA, 122 2/3 IP, 40 ER, 15 HR, 120 SO, 21 BB, 0.93 WHIP, 5.71 SO/W
Away: 15 GS, 3-7, 5.29 ERA, 85 IP, 50 ER, 15 HR, 83 SO, 22 BB, 1.41 WHIP, 3.77 SO/W

Oracle Park is known as a pitcher's dream. In fact, the Giants' home park was the least favorable for offenses this season by Park Factors, per ESPN. The 11-year veteran used that his advantage, but that luxury didn't follow him on the road.

Bumgarner allowed the same amount of homers in four fewer road games as he did at home. He also walked one more batter and allowed five more hits -- 98 on the road, compared to 93 at home. For someone with a lot of mileage on his arm and his fastball declining in velocity, that's certainly alarming.

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As a pitcher who's never tested the open market and has spent his entire career in a pitcher's paradise, these numbers will be looked at closely by front offices around the league this offseason.

Bumgarner figures to join Gerrit Cole, among others, as the most coveted starting pitchers in free agency. So, while his road numbers could help the Giants in keeping him in San Francisco, they also could prevent the veteran from signing the hefty contract he likely desires.