From's Bryan Hoch and Barry M. Bloom:

Since the day he walked out of the broadcast booth in 1994, Tony Kubek has mostly steered clear of Major League Baseball, not even tuning in to a single game on television over all the years that have passed.

So it will be a surreal event when the former New York Yankees shortstop is reintroduced to the game on its most celebrated stage next summer.

A standout analyst in his post-playing career on the NBC "Game of the Week" telecasts, Kubek is the winner of the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award, an honor bestowed on broadcasters by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.