Texas Rangers: Dave Barnett

Dave Barnett takes indefinite leave

July, 2, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers television broadcaster Dave Barnett has chosen to take an indefinite leave of absence that he expects will last the remainder of the season.

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Steve Busby will continue to handle the play-by-play duties on television and Matt Hicks, recently hired from Double-A Corpus Christi by the Rangers, will stay on with Eric Nadel on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network.

Barnett, 54, issued a statement through the club.

“I want to thank everyone for your kind sentiments and words of encouragement over the last couple of weeks,” Barnett said. “It has meant a lot to me during what has been a very difficult time. Effective immediately, for health reasons I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my broadcasting duties that I expect to last for the remainder of the season.”

Barnett has not broadcasted a Rangers game since June 18, when he had a strange on-air issue in the eighth inning of that game in San Diego.

"A 2-1 game, the tying run at second on a leadoff single by Chase Headley," Barnett said on the telecast. "The go-ahead run ... is at fifth, on what Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman took a piece literally out of ..."

Barnett finished the game without any further issues, but went in for a battery of tests to determine what caused the incident. He said shortly after that game that he thought it might be migraine headaches. The club has not said what caused Barnett's on-air issue.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Athletics 3

June, 29, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to four games with a four-run rally in the eighth inning for a 4-3 victory Friday night. The Rangers trailed 2-0 until the eighth when they exploded with a three-run triple by Craig Gentry.

Matt Harrison pitched well Friday night, but his teammates didn't provide him with any run support until late. The Rangers had chances, loading the bases in the second and eighth and getting runners on first and second in the seventh.


Harrison pitches well: Left-handed starter Harrison earned his 11th win of the season. It ties him with David Price of Tampa Bay for the AL lead in wins. Harrison has won a season-high seven consecutive games and dominated a team that ranked last in the majors in hitting (.224) and last in the AL in runs (292) coming into the game. Harrison's only trouble spots came in the fourth and fifth innings. He gave up a leadoff triple to Jemile Weeks and Yoenis Cespedes singled him home. Harrison finished the inning, getting Jonny Gomes to fly out to right and inducing a double play from Brandon Inge. In the fifth, Coco Crisp drove in Chris Carter with a two-out single to left to make the score 2-0. Harrison, who threw 121 pitches, had little trouble afterward. A leadoff single by Derek Norris was followed by three outs in the seventh, and a two-out hit by Cespedes was followed by Gomes flying out to center to end the eighth. For the night, Harrison allowed two runs on eight hits and he struck out seven. He walked one.

Loading the bases finally works: The Rangers loaded the bases in the second inning but Mike Napoli struck out and Leonys Martin retired to first to end the inning. But in the eighth inning, patience worked for the Rangers. With one out, Elvis Andrus singled and stole second. Josh Hamilton walked and after an Adrian Beltre flyout, reliever Grant Balfour walked Michael Young and Nelson Cruz. Gentry, who pinch hit for David Murphy in the seventh, tripled over the head of left fielder Cespedas to drive in three runs and give the Rangers the lead.

Napoli with rough night: Napoli, the Rangers catcher, came into the game hitting .304 the last six games. But Friday night, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The two strikeouts came with runners on base. When Napoli's night was done, he stranded five baserunners. In the second inning, with the bases loaded, A's starter A.J. Griffin struck Napoli out looking at a curveball. In the seventh, Napoli came up again, this time against reliever Jerry Blevins and he struck out again, swinging on a sinker.

News, news, news: The Rangers made some news prior to the game. Reliever Mark Lowe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle. Yoshinori Tateyama was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to replace him. ... Martin Perez will get the start Saturday night. Manager Ron Washington said he's on a start-by-start basis. ... Yu Darvish said he's not sure if he's deserving of an All Star bid. He was probably being modest. He's got 10 wins and could tie Price and Harrison for the AL lead with a victory Sunday. ... Rangers also announced Matt Hicks will temporary replace Dave Barnett in the broadcast booth. Hicks will do radio play-by-play with Eric Nadel.

Notes: Andrus stole his 16th base of the season in the eighth inning. ... The announced crowd of 46,013 marked the 23rd sellout of the season. ... Oakland is now 2-3 on this seven-game road trip. ... The Rangers are 9-8 in one-run games. The A's are 8-12 in one-run games. ... Tanner Scheppers earned his first big league save. Joe Nathan had pitched for three consecutive days and was given the night off.

Dave Barnett still being evaluated

June, 22, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers television play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett will not work this weekend's series with the Colorado Rockies as he continues to be evaluated after having an on-air issue Monday night.

"We don't have all the results back and he continues to be evaluated," Rangers vice president of communications John Blake said. "Until we know what caused the issue Monday night and what the resolution is, he will not work Rangers games."

Barnett, 54, missed the final two games of the San Diego series so he could have tests done and has not completed those tests.

Read more about Barnett's status here.
Texas Rangers television play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett will miss the final two games of the series in San Diego to undergo tests after having an on-air issue in the eighth inning of Monday's game. Barnett believes he may have a recurrence of migraine headaches.

During the bottom of the eighth inning with Mike Adams pitching for the Rangers, Barnett struggled to properly call the action:

"A 2-1 game, the tying run at second on a leadoff single by Chase Utley. The go-ahead run (pause) is at fifth, on what Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman took a piece literally out of ..."

Barnett stopped there, then finished the game without further incident.

Steve Busby will slide over from the radio booth to television and Bryan Dolgin, who handles pre- and post-game coverage on the Rangers broadcast (the flagship station is ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM) will join Eric Nadel on radio while Barnett is out.

We are fortunate in this market to have solid Rangers' broadcasting crews, which includes versatile folks who can substitute when needed. Let's hope that the tests go well and Barnett will be returning to the booth soon.

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Broadcast teams to stay same for 2012

November, 10, 2011
The Texas Rangers will return their television and radio broadcast crews for the 2012 season, the team announced Thursday.

That means Steve Busby will remain in the 103.3 ESPN FM radio booth with longtime play-by-play man Eric Nadel. Analyst Tom Grieve will enter his 18th season and work beside play-by-play man Dave Barnett on the television side.

For Nadel, a finalist for the 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, next season will be his 34th broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise. 2012 will mark his 18th as lead voice on Rangers radio broadcasts.

"We were very pleased with the response we received to our television and radio broadcasts last season," Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said. "Dave and Steve did a great job in their new roles, and we are happy to welcome both teams back."

Busby took over in the radio booth on May 27 when Barnett moved over to television. Barnett replaced John Rhadigan, who returned to pre- and post-game television duties after a short stint as the team's play-by-play voice.

Eleno Ornelas will return as the lead play-by-play announcer for Rangers Spanish radio broadcasts on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. Ornelas also handles duties as interpretor for the club's Latin players who speak Spanish only.

Super Bowl picks from the Rangers

February, 6, 2011
I asked some of the Rangers' players and front office folks (and even Ben & Skin) to pick the winner and score of today's Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Here's a look at the predictions I've got so far (as you can see, it's very split between the two teams):

Ron Washington: Pittsburgh 17, Green Bay 10

Mike Maddux: Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 21

Dave Anderson: Pittsburgh 24, Green Bay 10

Mark Lowe: Green Bay 20, Pittsburgh 17

Darren O'Day: Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 20 ("Steelers won't protect Big Ben.")

Tommy Hunter: Green Bay 28, Pittsburgh 24

Ian Kinsler: Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 24

Derek Holland: Pittsburgh 28, Green Bay 10

Matt Klotsche (Assistant, Pro Scouting): Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 17

John Blake (VP Communications): Green Bay 24, Pittsburgh 20

Bobby Crook (manager, amateur scouting): Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 23

Jake Krug (assistant director, player development): Pittsburgh 24, Green Bay 20

Kipp Fagg (director, amateur scouting): Green Bay 27, Steelers 21

Matt Vinnola (director, baseball operations): Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 20

A.J. Preller (senior director, player personnel): Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 21

Chuck Morgan (PA announcer): Pittsburgh 24, Green bay 20

Thad Levine (assistant GM): Pittsburgh 24, Green Bay 17

Josh Boyd (director, professional scouting): Pittsburgh 24, Green Bay 20

Scott Servais (senior director, player development): Green Bay 23, Pittsburgh 13

Dave Barnett (radio analyst): Pittsburgh 20, Green Bay 19

Tom Grieve (TV analyst): Pittsburgh 20, Green Bay 17

Court Berry-Tripp (manager, media relations): Pittsburgh 20, Green Bay 17

Rich Rice (senior director, media relations): Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 24

Chuck Greenberg: Pittsburgh 26, Green Bay 17

Ben Rogers: Green Bay 24, Pittsburgh 20

Skin: Green Bay 24, Pittsburgh 17

Rangers' caravan tonight in Grapevine

January, 21, 2010
Fans can get a chance to grab some autographs and ask questions at a Town Hall/Autograph session at Academy Sports & Outdoors in Grapevine (1523 State Highway 114 West) on Thursday. The session runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and includes an opportunity to ask general manager Jon Daniels some questions.

Ian Kinsler, Doug Mathis, Darren Oliver, Jim Sundberg and Dave Barnett will also be in attendance signing autographs.

If you've never been to one of these, I can tell you that it's a great chance to get autographs and meet some of your favorite players.



Yu Darvish
10 2.90 167 133
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 58
RA. Beltre 57
OPSA. Beltre .883
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167