If Harrelson does have to get in line, that means he only will have three shots during a nine-year period to win the Frick. While he is healthy and feeling good, a man in his 70s only can wait so long.
Given all the factors, Harrelson isn't allowing himself to get too caught up about his chances to win the Frick Award. He had other things on his mind on a sunny day at his offseason home in Orlando.
"Frankly, if you weren't calling, I wouldn't even be talking about it," Harrelson said. "It's an honor to be in the final 10, but I'm going to go out and play some golf."
Special contributor Ed Sherman writes at shermanreport.com. Follow him @Sherman_Report
The other finalists
Joe Castiglione: 30-year radio voice for the Red Sox.
Jacque Doucet: 34 years as radio voice of the Expos on their French network.
Bill King: Spent 25 years as radio voice of the A's. Died in 2005.
Duane Kuiper: Has called radio and TV for 27 years with Giants.
Eric Nadel: 35 years calling radio for the Rangers.
Eduardo Ortega: Has handled Spanish-language MLB broadcasts for 27 years, including the last 21 as the voice of the Padres on radio and TV.
Mike Shannon: Has called Cardinals games on radio for 42 seasons.
Dewayne Staats: 36-year career includes five seasons (1985-89) with Cubs and last 16 with Rays.
Pete Van Wieren: Called Braves games on TV and radio from 1976-2008.