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The spring training schedule was released today. It includes a night game at HoHoKam Park on March 22, and what has become the traditional spring-ending games vs. the Diamondbacks at the BOB on April 1 and 2.

There is still a possibility that the Mariners and A's might play a season-opening series in Japan next March. If this occurs, look for the last week of the spring schedule to be modified.

Also, as mentioned on The Cub Reporter, the Hall of Fame is bringing a new component to the voting for next year's Ford Frick Award, for a broadcaster to be honored. Now, 99% of the world considers that to be "induction" into the Hall of Fame for a broadcaster, though technically it's not.

Ron Santo is on the list of nominees and you can vote for the finalists. Fan voting will be part of the Hall's process to decide who's on the ballot. You can vote once each day through the end of November.

There are plenty of other interesting names on the ballot, including Chip Caray and Pat Hughes, and also several announcers who are already Hall of Fame players, including the late Lou Boudreau, Brooks Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Joe Morgan, Don Sutton, Harmon Killebrew, Al Kaline and old-timer Waite Hoyt.