NEW YORK -- SNY broadcasters Gary Cohen and Ralph Kiner each have an opportunity to be immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Mets fans can bring them to the doorstep.
Balloting is now open for fans to nominate Cohen and Kiner for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, an annual honor for baseball broadcasters. Voting runs from now through Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Each Major League club has two nominees to go along with 15 at-large candidates, with the top three vote-getters appearing as finalists on the Frick Award's 10-name ballot. A 20-member electorate will then select one winner for an award that, in the past, has gone to industry legends such as Mel Allen, Vin Scully and Harry Caray.
The last Mets broadcaster to win the award was the late Bob Murphy in 1994.
Cohen, 53, has been broadcasting Mets games on the radio and television since 1989, joining SNY for its inaugural season in 2006. Kiner, 88, has worked as a Mets broadcaster since the team's inception in 1962. Perhaps best-known for his Kiner's Korner postgame show throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Kiner is already in the Hall of Fame for his playing career with the Pirates and still appears regularly in the SNY broadcast booth.