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Baseball Broadcaster Who Looks Like A Clown Sans Makeup Headed To Hall Of Fame

jon-miller1clownSeriously, the resemblance is uncanny, isn’t it?

A hearty congratulations goes out to Jon Miller, who has been honored as the 2010 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, which is awarded annually to a broadcaster who has made major contributions to baseball. By receiving the award, Mr. Miller will be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Perhaps best known as the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball as well as the main play-by-play voice of the San Francisco Giants on KNBR radio, Miller’s broadcasting career has spanned nearly 40 years, beginning in 1974 when he was the play-by-play man for the Oakland Athletics.

“I was obviously very excited to get the phone call and the first people I thought of were Lon Simmons and Russ Hodges, who taught me the game as a kid growing up,” Miller said. “They called games for the great Giants clubs at the time, and that was the team I grew up with and learned to love the game.”

“It’s astounding to me that I’m the recipient of the same award they received,” Miller said. “They were people larger-than-life to me, as big as the biggest movie stars. I idolized both.”

To be honest, I have no problem with Jon Miller. He’s knowledgeable and seems to be a nice guy who truly loves and cherishes the game in which¬† his voice and style has become synonymous.

I do, however, have one wish: when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, could they have some Hispanic guy introduce him and horribly over-enunciate his name? That’s the one thing that gets me about that guy. I understand he is only trying to pay proper respect to Latin ballplayers by pronouncing their names with a little flair, but he goes a little bit over the top sometimes.

Actually, on second thought, scratch that. The guy has been through enough. Let him enjoy his moment in the spotlight. For crying out loud, the poor bastard has had to suffer the indignity of working with that douchetard Joe Morgan for twenty goddamn years.

Giants’ Miller honored with Frick Award [MLB.com]