NEW YORK -- Legendary A's voice Bill King is once again on the ballot for the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award, and fans of the late Bay Area broadcaster will have a chance to give his name Hall of Fame recognition beginning on Wednesday, when online voting begins.
For 25 years, King -- widely known for his "Holy Toledo!" call -- was the lead radio play-by-play man for A's games before passing away from complications following hip surgery in October 2005. In addition to being the voice of A's baseball, King, at various times, called games for the NBA's Golden State Warriors and the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
Online voting for the award will begin at 7 a.m. PT on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/baseballhall) and conclude at 2 p.m. on Sept. 30. The top three fan selections from votes tallied will appear on the final 10-name ballot for the award.
The 2011 Frick Award winner will be selected by a 20-member electorate, with the recipient to be announced at baseball's Winter Meetings in December.
The award is presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball." Named after the late broadcaster, National League president, Commissioner and Hall of Famer, it has been presented annually since 1978. Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.
A's likely to add arms to deeper roster
NEW YORK -- When Major League rosters officially expand from 25 to 40 men on Wednesday, the A's are expected to add a dose of pitching, manager Bob Geren said before Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
The A's skipper didn't specify which pitchers will be in uniform come Wednesday, but he noted the need to have some on hand given the circumstances surrounding scheduled starter Brett Anderson's last outing, in which the lefty hyperextended his right knee. Anderson, however, will not be limited in any way, Geren added.
According to a report from his alma mater, the University of Missouri, right-handed pitcher Justin James will be called up to join the A's. Signed out of the independent Northern League earlier this season, James was brought to Double-A Midland and posted a 2.29 ERA in 12 games before being promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. Since then, he's posted similar dominant numbers with the River Cats, including a 1.37 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings across 16 games.
Possibilities to join James are Cedrick Bowers and Ross Wolf, the latter of whom made four appearances with Oakland in July, posting a 2.45 ERA.
Unlike Bowers and Wolf, James is not on the club's current 40-man roster, but the A's have an open slot after outrighting outfielder Matt Watson last week.
A's tab prospect Taylor, others for AFL
NEW YORK -- Official rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced on Tuesday, and seven players within the A's organization will be part of the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
The team -- which also boasts members of the Braves, Dodgers, Marlins and Yankees -- will include right-handed pitchers Travis Banwart, Mike Benacka and Justin James, lefty Carlos Hernandez, infielders Grant Green and Stephen Parker and outfielder Michael Taylor.
Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly will manage the club and be joined by A's roving pitching coach and rehab coordinator Garvin Alston, who will serve as pitching coach.
With Tuesday's start against the Yankees, Kurt Suzuki has caught 439 games in his career, moving ahead Jeff Newman for fifth in Oakland history. ... The A's entered Tuesday's contest with a combined .183 average against the Yankees this season. Their lowest single-season batting average against New York is .207, which was posted in 1975.