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MLB Announces 2010 Ford C. Frick Award Winner

Dave Van Horne spent more than 30 years calling Montreal Expos games. It was worth the effort.

On Wednesday, the current voice of the Florida Marlins won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

“This is the highest award a baseball broadcaster can receive. I am obviously thrilled, humbled and very excited. It is the professional highlight of my career,” he told media during a conference call announcing the news. “I am humbled to be among those people that are previous winners of this award. This was a very overwhelming and emotional day.”

Van Horne was up for the award in 2009 as well. At the time, his radio broadcast booth partner Glenn Geffner said some nice things about the announcer:

“He’s a pros pro. You look at even after 40 years, the way he prepares for every broadcast. That’s one of the things that has amazed me, working with him for the first time, to see how much time and effort he puts into every individual broadcast.”

If nothing else, Van Horne looks like a very, very nice person.

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Almost 400,000 People Watched the World Cup at Work Every Day

The results are in, and the World Cup is a hit.

According to ESPN, the tournament averaged 7.2 million viewers per day across ESPN’s host of platforms (television, mobile, Internet, radio, print). Of those, nearly 400,000 watched soccer matches while at work. So much for productivity. But hey, it’s summer, right? (By comparison, 521,000 people streamed the Florida vs. BYU March Madness game last spring, although not all of them were at work.)

Additionally, the world spent 4.9 billion gross minutes on ESPN.com during the 31-day tournament. That translates into 110,000 people per minute.

In total, “160 million Americans (55%) consumed World Cup content across all ESPN platforms during the month-long contest.”

When is the next World Cup again?

Keith Olbermann Mourns George Steinbrenner

Steinbrenner071310.jpg On his MLBlog, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann weighs in on one of today’s big news stories: the passing of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

I mean this with no disrespect and with no touch of humor: Only George Steinbrenner could pass away on the morning of – and thus overshadow – baseball’s All-Star Game.

Olbermann is a veteran of ESPN and Fox Sports, where he covered playoff baseball extensively. He says has known Steinbrenner since was 14, and first interviewed “The Boss” as far back as 1980. Olbermann’s mother also became a part of baseball lore in 2000, when she was struck in the head by an errant throw from Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch:

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