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Van Horne a Frick Award finalist

Dave Van Horne has the chance to enter the HOF.

Prepared and professional are two of Marlins radio voice Dave Van Horne's strongest attributes.

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Van Horne has been selected as one of the final 10 up for the prestigious 2008 Ford C. Frick Award.

The award is presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball." The award, named after the late broadcaster, National League president, Commissioner and Hall of Famer, has been presented annually since 1978. Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.

Van Horne, a 39-year MLB broadcasting veteran, was with the Montreal Expos when they joined the league in 1969, and he remained the voice of the Expos until 2000.

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The final ballot of 10 candidates includes three fan selections. Van Horne was among the seven other choices determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team.

I really meant to post this yesterday, but it slipped my mind for some reason.  I can't imagine what else happened to cause me to forget.

As far as I know, Van Horne is the first Marlins announcer to ever be a finalist for the award.

Good luck, Dave!