BOSTON -- Voting for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award -- a prestigious honor given to broadcasters -- began Thursday for fans, who can cast ballots online.
Long-time Yankees voices John Sterling and Michael Kay appear among the 75 eligible broadcasters, which includes a pair from each of the 30 big league markets, as well as traditional fan-ballot favorites.
Voting concludes Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. ET. The top three fan selections will appear on the final 10-name ballot for the award, from which the winner is selected by a 20-member electorate. The winner will be announced at baseball's Winter Meetings in Dallas in December.
The Ford C. Frick Award has been presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, and is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ballclub, network or a combination of the two.
In 2011, Tom Cheek (who led with 11,661 votes), Bill King and Jacques Doucet earned spots on the final Frick Award ballot via fan voting, now in its ninth year.
Yankees call up three relievers, two outfielders
BOSTON -- Jesus Montero's arrival may have drawn most of the attention in a cramped Fenway Park clubhouse, but the Yankees also made five other September callups as rosters expanded to 40 players.
Pitchers Lance Pendleton, Scott Proctor and Raul Valdes joined the staff, as did infielder Brandon Laird and outfielder Chris Dickerson. Of the group, only Proctor and Valdes have not been on the Yankees' roster this year.
Proctor, 34, spent four years with the Yankees beginning in 2004, compiling a 4.29 ERA in 190 appearances. He pitched seven innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, posting a 2.57 ERA.
"It's nice. You always love to come back to the team that you kind of broke into the league with," said Proctor, who was released by the Braves in August. "To do it at this time of year in this series is kind of neat. To come full circle, it's been a long road, but I'm only looking forward from here."
Valdes, 33, joins the Yankees as a second left-handed reliever behind Boone Logan. Valdes made seven appearances this year with the Cardinals (3.38 ERA) and was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Aug. 16.
"He's a guy that you know can help out, and you don't have to use your regular guys in certain games," manager Joe Girardi said. "So we'll see. I don't really know a whole lot about him, but he is left-handed."
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees recalled outfielder Justin Maxwell from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed him on the 60-day disabled list, and designated right-hander Ryan Pope for assignment.
Alex Rodriguez (Grade 1 sprain of left thumb) was expected to take some swings in batting practice Thursday, and the Yankees hope to put him back in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Jesus Montero's first official action in a Yankees uniform came early Thursday, as he caught Freddy Garcia's bullpen session at Fenway Park. "We'll try to do that," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll make sure that on days that maybe he's not playing, send him to the bullpen to catch all of the relievers."
In a ceremony Thursday at Major League Baseball's headquarters in New York, the 2012 class of Latino Baseball Hall of Fame was announced -- including former Yankees Bernie Williams and Luis Arroyo, and current bench coach Tony Pena. The Yankees will hold a special pregame ceremony to honor the three prior to Friday's game, and the Hall of Famers will be officially inducted Feb. 11, 2012, in a ceremony at the Altos de Chavon amphitheater located in the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, D.R.