Texas Rangers: Eric Nadel

Broadcaster Nadel humbled by HOF honor

July, 26, 2014
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Longtime Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel continued to pinch himself Saturday, one day after he was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award winner.

Nadel's enshrinement, along with that of The New Yorker writer Roger Angell, helped kick off a weekend full of Hall of Fame events. Former players Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas, along with former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, will be enshrined Sunday.

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AP Photo/Mike GrollEric Nadel almost didn't become a baseball broadcaster, but when he was offered a major league job while working in minor league hockey, he had to take it.
Keeping such excellent baseball company has been a thrill for the 63-year-old Nadel, who has been on the microphone for 35 seasons with the Rangers.

"It's surreal," Nadel said Saturday. "It still seems like an out-of-body experience, like I'm dreaming the whole thing or observing this thing for somewhere else. Going into the Hall of Fame and seeing my picture up there next to all of the guys who I idolized, it's mind-blowing. I'm on cloud nine. That's the best way to put it."

Perhaps most satisfying of all for Nadel is that former Rangers pitcher and team CEO Nolan Ryan is on hand in Cooperstown to give his support.

"He hasn't been back since he was inducted in 1999," Nadel said. "This is the first time he's come back. The fact that I'm being honored is one of the reasons, and that's kind of mind-blowing. I know this sort of thing isn't really his deal, but he's here, and I'm tremendously flattered that I am part of it."

You can't walk a block in this quaint little town this weekend without running into a Hall of Famer, and those who were previously honored have welcomed Nadel with open arms.

"A number of Hall of Famers have made a point of coming up to me," he said. "Wade Boggs was the first guy that did it. Wade Boggs was a guy I used to interview every year. He was such a good talker. I got to know him. He sought me out to come over and say congratulations."

And to think, Nadel's life in baseball almost never happened. He admitted to reading any book about baseball he could get his hands on when he was young, but after a unique chance to see a baseball broadcast up close, he committed himself to hockey instead.

"When I was in high school, I got to sit with the Chicago announcers, Bob Elson and Red Rush," Nadel said. "I went to a program at Northwestern University, after my junior year in high school, for kids interested in broadcasting. They arranged for me to sit with those guys during a doubleheader in August of 1967."

The circumstances painted a troubling scene for Nadel.

"The White Sox were terrible, and these guys [Elson and Rush] weren't terribly interested in the game," Nadel said. "And it was a long doubleheader, it was hot. They were all suited up because they were going on the road after the game. It didn't seem like they were into it, and it seemed really hard do. I kept thinking 'How do you do this?'"

Hockey began to call to the New York native, until fate intervened.

"I always loved Marv Albert doing the [New York] Rangers games, and I thought that is what I wanted to do," Nadel said. "Then as it turned out, I got offered a Major League Baseball job while I was still doing minor league hockey, and I had to take it. I'm glad it worked out the way it did."

Rangers honor radio voice Eric Nadel

July, 12, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are honoring their radio voice, Eric Nadel, in a pregame ceremony Saturday. Nadel is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence.

The presentation features video tributes and remarks from Brad Sham, a former partner and longtime Dallas Cowboys broadcaster. John Rhadigan of Fox Sports Southwest in the emcee.

Nadel, 63, began his association with the Rangers in 1979 and in 2006 announced he had signed a lifetime contract with the club, allowing him to remain on the broadcast team until he chooses to retire.

In recognition, the Rangers are presenting the first 15,000 fans to tonight's game Eric Nadel bobbleheads, complete with a recording of his call of the play that sent the Rangers to their first World Series.

Fox Sports Southwest will televise a 30-minute special honoring Nadel at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

More moves: Left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend is the latest to catch the shuttle from Triple-A Round Rock to Arlington. In 19 starts with Round Rock, Feierabend posted an 8-5 record with a 4.54 ERA in 113 innings with a 26/67 walk to strikeout ratio.

Left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Feierabend on the 25-man roster. Feierabend, 28, was a third round draft choice of the Mariners in 2003. He made it to the big club for parts of the three seasons from 2006-2008. In 2009, he underwent Tommy John surgery. The Rangers signed him to a minor league contract prior to last season.

“I’ve got butterflies now," Feierabend said in the Rangers clubhouse. “But I’m excited. As a player you always hope you get that chance."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said the Rangers will not make a decision on a starting pitcher for Sunday’s game until after tonight’s game. Feierabend and Scott Baker are the leading candidates.

Class act: Washington revealed that Colby Lewis volunteered to go to the bullpen if he was needed leading up to the All-Star break.

“That’s a class act," Washington said. “That’s being a great teammate."

Lewis, the Rangers' starter on Thursday, had an outing that many pitchers, as Washington put it, would run away and hide from. But after allowing 13 runs on 13 hits, Lewis was back in the dugout for the final innings.

“It’s a lesson to a lot of young kids," Washington said.

Time to regroup: It is Washington’s opinion that the All-Star break could be helpful for veterans Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.

“Choo, with his competitive spirit, it might do him some good to get away," Washington said. “It should help Elvis, Rios and Martin, too. [Adrian] Beltre, he doesn’t get mentally taxed"

As for the younger players, “they don’t know what’s going on," he said.

Jake is back: Outfielder Jake Smolinski starts in left field tonight. Smolinski was hit on his left elbow by a Garrett Richards pitch in the second inning Friday and Washington took the decision out of Smolinski’s hands by removing him. The manager said he wanted Smolinski to get treatment immediately for his hot-hitting rookie so he would be ready for tonight’s game.

Rehab update: Rangers first baseman/outfielder Jim Adduci is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco tonight. ... The club put on hold for a week the rehab assignment for outfielder Engel Beltre while they work with him to improve his first-step quickness. He’s had a problem getting a jump as a base-runner and getting out of the batter’s box, Washington said.

Schedule for Winter Caravan appearances

January, 2, 2014
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The Texas Rangers have finalized plans for another offseason of Winter Caravans, presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors. The caravans involve some Rangers players, coaches, broadcasters and alumni in locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma.

Things kick off on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the RoughRiders' Open House. Michael Choice, Derek Holland, Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson. You can get more information on that event here.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the caravan appearances at various Academy Sports & Outdoors. Please note that the players listed could change based on schedules. The caravans are free of charge to the public.

Date: Sunday, January 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 3621 Justin Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028
Scheduled to Appear: Michael Choice, Tanner Scheppers

Date: Sunday, January 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 4000 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75035
Scheduled to Appear: Mitch Moreland, Shawn Tolleson

Date: Monday, January 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 8668 South Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX 75703
Scheduled to Appear: Michael Choice, Mitch Moreland, Matt Hicks

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 6101 I-20, Fort Worth, TX 76132
Scheduled to Appear: Mitch Moreland, Tanner Scheppers, Steve Busby

Date: Thursday, January 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 5400 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
Scheduled to Appear: Ron Washington, J.P. Arencibia, Neal Cotts, Derek Holland, Eric Nadel

Date: Friday, January 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 714 West Loop 1604 North, San Antonio, TX 78251
Scheduled to Appear: Ron Washington, J.P. Arencibia, Neal Cotts, Derek Holland, Eric Nadel

Date: Saturday, January 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 210 North New Road, Waco, TX 76710
Scheduled to Appear: J.P. Arencibia, Neal Cotts, Derek Holland

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 7700 South Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Scheduled to Appear: Adam Rosales, Tanner Scheppers, Tom Grieve, Mark McLemore

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 1523 State Highway 114 West, Grapevine, TX 76051
Scheduled to Appear: Mike Maddux, others TBA

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 3677 Emporium Circle, Mesquite, TX 75150
Scheduled to Appear: Martin Perez, Eleno Ornelas, others TBA

Date: Thursday, January 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 1101 West Arbrook Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76015
Scheduled to Appear: Ron Washington, others TBA

Date: Sunday, January 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 3305 Dallas Parkway, Suite 301, Plano, TX 75093
Scheduled to Appear: Matt Harrison, Robbie Ross

The participants at each Academy Sports + Outdoors appearance on the 2014 Winter Caravan will be updated at texasrangers.com as they are confirmed.

The 2014 Rangers Winter Caravan is sponsored in part by FOX Sports Southwest, CBS11/TXA21, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, and ESPN DePortes 1540 AM.

Eric Nadel shares his top five calls

December, 11, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eric Nadel, who is now in the Hall of Fame, shared his top five calls as a Texas Rangers broadcaster during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. Nadel will be honored with the 2104 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 26, 2014. Here are Nadel's top five moments in order:

1. Rangers' pennant-clinching moment against the New York Yankees in 2010: Neftali Feliz struck out Alex Rodriguez. "That was such an emotional moment. The ballpark just exploded in joy. It was maybe the most exciting, most emotional moment of my life."

2. Nolan's 5,000th strikeout in 1989: "It was a big national event and it was first time I got to make a dramatic call. I was so happy. I was doing the middle innings then and it just happened to come up. My call was on the TV highlight that ran nationally because the game wasn't televised locally in Texas. My mother got to see it on the 'Today Show' in New York."

3. Rangers' second pennant in 2011: The Rangers went back to the World Series for a second consecutive year. That victory was a blowout over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6.

4. Rangers score 30 runs in Baltimore in 2007: "Ramon Vazquez hit a home run in the ninth in Baltimore to make the Rangers the first team in the Modern Era of baseball history to score 30 in a game.

5. Josh Hamilton's four-homer night in Baltimore in 2012: "That was incredible."

George W. Bush, Nolan Ryan praise Nadel

December, 11, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Among those congratulating Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel on the highest award the sport can offer for a broadcaster, are former president George W. Bush and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Nadel will be honored Saturday, July 26, 2014 as part of the Hall of Fame weekend.

"I congratulate my friend Eric Nadel on winning the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award. For more than 30 years, Eric has brought the Texas Rangers and the great game of baseball to fans all over the Southwest," Bush said in a statement. "His passion for the sport is evident in every broadcast. Any announcer can call a game, but Eric brings his listeners into the stadium. He is a wonderful ambassador for our national pastime."

Nadel called Ryan's 5,000th strikeout in 1989 as it happened during his innings to call play-by-play as he teamed up with the late Mark Holtz on the radio broadcasts during that time.

"I am so pleased for Eric Nadel on his selection as the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award recipient," Ryan said. "Eric’s description and analysis of thousands of Texas Rangers games over the last 35 years have been a joy for the fans. He has always made the games entertaining and informative. He is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word and is very deserving of the honor."

Eric Nadel a finalist for Frick Award

October, 2, 2013
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Texas Rangers play-by-play voice Eric Nadel was named a finalist for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award, presented each year for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nadel was selected as a finalist for the fourth consecutive year.

The other finalists: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren.

The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and that person will be honored during the Awards Presentation as part of Hall of Fame Weekend in 2014 in Cooperstown, New York.

The award has a new three-year cycle, which means that if Nadel doesn't win this year, he'll have to wait a few years to get another shot. Next year, those who made significant contributions from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s will be honored. The year after that, it will be those from before the early 1950s before it rotates to broadcasters currently in the booth again.

Nadel just completed his 35th season with the Rangers. It's the longest tenure of any announcer in franchise history.

As an aside, Nadel deserves this award and, frankly, will win it. The question is when he'll get the honor. Let's hope it's this year, allowing him to enjoy a fun weekend at Cooperstown in 2014. It's difficult to imagine Rangers baseball without him, isn't it?

Eric Nadel a finalist for Ford C. Frick Award

October, 9, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers play-by-play radio voice Eric Nadel was named one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award, given annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The winner will be announced Dec. 4 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and honored during Hall of Fame weekend (July 26-29, 2013).

Nadel is one of five active broadcasters among the finalists. He just completed his 34th year with the club and his 18th as the lead voice. Nadel was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in August. This is the third straight year he's been a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award.

Eric Nadel: Unacceptable to boo Joe Nathan

September, 14, 2012
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Rangers play-by-play voice Eric Nadel rips fans for booing closer Joe Nathan, comments on Jurickson Profar getting more playing time and more.

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On when he heard the fans booing Nathan:

That was absolutely unacceptable. It was ridiculous. Anybody who boos Joe Nathan just has no appreciation whatsoever for this baseball game and the length of the season and what he's been able to do over the course of this year.

Four from Rangers advance in Frick Award voting

September, 10, 2012
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Four members of the Rangers' broadcast family have advanced to the second round of balloting for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

The late Mark Holtz joins radio voice Eric Nadel and the current TV tandem of Tom Grieve and Steve Busby in the second round, which includes the top 41 vote-getters from the first round.

From the press release:

Fan voting for the 2013 Frick Award ballot began Aug. 20 at www.facebook.com/baseballhall, and more than 12,600 votes were cast in Round One.

The top 41 vote-getters (the top 40 plus ties) advanced to the Fan Finals, with voting at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site running through 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 5. The top three vote-getters among the 41 finalists will be placed on the final 2013 Frick Award ballot, with the other seven finalists determined by a Hall of Fame committee. The final ballot will be announced Oct. 9.

The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting. The 2013 Frick Award winner will be selected by a 21-member electorate, with the winner to be announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., in early December.




Eric Nadel enters club's Hall of Fame

August, 11, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel was officially inducted into the club's Hall of Fame before Saturday's game with the Detroit Tigers.

John Blake, the Rangers' VP of communications, introduced Nadel, noting that the broadcaster has been part of the team's fabric for 34 years and that besides descriptive calls and memorable moments, Nadel's preparation "is the standard of the industry."

A video of some of Nadel's more famous calls played on the videoboard, ending with Neftali Feliz's strikeout of Alex Rodriguez and Nadel's excited tones: "The Rangers are going to the World Series!"

Nadel thanked all of his partners in the booth, including Bryan Dolgin, Steve Busby and Matt Hicks from this season, and talked about how much his family and the late (and great) Mark Holtz, meant to him. The veteran broadcaster also spoke about how grateful he is to do what he's always dreamed of and to be supported by Rangers fans.

"Thanks to all of you," Nadel said. "As always, thanks for listening."

Nadel's plaque will go alongside many of the greats in Rangers history. He's the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.

A personal note on Eric Nadel, Hall of Famer

August, 11, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- I didn't grow up in Texas listening to Eric Nadel call baseball games. But I think I know a little bit about what that was like for so many of you.

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My youth was spent watching or listening to Skip Caray or Pete Van Wieren call Atlanta Braves games. They were around for a long time and you welcomed them into your home as part of your family. I've heard from many of you via Twitter and email about how Eric does that for you. He, like Rangers fans, has lived through some incredible moments and some heartbreaking games. Through it all, he's done his job with professionalism and passion. He works hard to have a full understanding of not only what's going on as he describes the action, but he takes listeners behind the scenes and into the clubhouse. He talks to players, gets to know them, and that shows up on the air.

But while I didn't get a chance to live my baseball youth through Eric's voice, I've had a chance to get to know him. I went to school at TCU a few years before the Rangers won their first AL West title. And for a guy interested in broadcasting and journalism and wanting to do something in the major leagues someday, I knew all the big names in the industry. Eric and Mark Holtz were two of those. As I was completing my college career, I asked Eric to listen to a few of my tapes of TCU baseball games. He was kind enough to do so and offered some excellent advice. I ended up calling baseball games in Amarillo and Idaho Falls and even hockey games in Fort Worth, trying my best to pay attention to detail and to make it seem fluid, though I could never quite do that like Eric can.

Once I got into the newspaper industry and took a winding path that led me to Rangers coverage, Eric was there again to offer help. I asked for advice on stories and he was quick to come to me if he read something I wrote and didn't feel it was clear enough or if he felt there was a better way to put it. I took notes -- and still do -- and have tried to apply those to my daily work on the Rangers beat.

So congratulations, Eric. I'm thankful that you've crossed my path and I look forward to hearing you call many more seasons of Rangers games.

Eric Nadel's top 5 moments in the booth

August, 10, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was no question what moment was No. 1 for Eric Nadel so far in his 34-year broadcasting career with the Texas Rangers: Neftali Feliz's strikeout of Alex Rodriguez to send the club to its first World Series.

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“It was the first pennant and all of the emotion that was felt and released by Rangers fans, myself included, when it happened was amazing,” said Nadel, who will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame on Saturday. “I’ve never experienced that sort of emotion at an athletic event the way the stadium just erupted. I was almost overcome by emotion. After I said, ‘The Rangers are going to World Series,’ I don’t think I spoke for 30 or 40 seconds. All you could hear were the fans cheering.”

As for the rest of his top 5, Nadel talked about them in no particular order:

* Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strikeout on April 22, 1989. Nadel was not the lead voice then, so he didn't get a chance to call many dramatic moments late in games. But Ryan's strikeout came in the middle of the game, while Nadel was calling play-by-play. "That was my first big call," Nadel said. "Since it happened in the fifth inning, I was lucky."

* The Rangers' win in Game 6 of the 2011 ALCS over the Detroit Tigers, again at home, makes the list as well. The Rangers won going away, 15-5, over the Tigers in front of 51,508.

* Josh Hamilton's four-homer game on May 8, 2012, in Baltimore. "That fourth homer has to be in there somewhere," Nadel said. Perhaps Hamilton's game is as close as a hitter can get to a perfect game, and he was only the 16th player to do it.

* Texas' 30-run outburst in Baltimore on Aug. 22, 2007, in the first game of a doubleheader. "The Vazquez homer to get to 30 runs was fun to call," Nadel said. Ramon Vazquez's three-run homer in the ninth pushed the Rangers to the 30-run total, the most runs scored in a game in the modern era (beginning in 1900). The 27-run margin of victory (30-3 final) was also the largest margin in the modern era.

Eric Nadel to enter Rangers Hall of Fame

August, 10, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas – After hours spent celebrating with family and friends following the Texas Rangers’ Game 6 victory in the 2010 American League Championship Series to advance to their first World Series, longtime broadcaster Eric Nadel took his AL championship T-shirt and put it on the chair by his bed.

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“That way when I woke up in the morning I would see it and know that it wasn’t a dream,” Nadel said.

It’s that kind of passion and loyalty to the Rangers that Nadel has managed to translate to baseball fans in North Texas for 34 years now. And because of what he’s done for the game within the Rangers community, Nadel will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame before Saturday’s game with the Detroit Tigers. Nadel goes in a “non-playing capacity,” joining Johnny Oates (2003), Tom Vandergriff (2004), Mark Holtz (2005) and Tom Grieve (2010), who were also honored for contributions off the field.

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AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel, who will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame on Saturday, threw out the first pitch before a playoff game last year.
Nadel has had many memorable events, but his biggest is Neftali Feliz's strikeout of Alex Rodriguez to end Game 6 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees and send the franchise to its first Fall Classic

“It was the first pennant and all of the emotion that was felt and released by Rangers fans, myself included, when it happened was amazing,” Nadel said. “I’ve never experienced that sort of emotion at an athletic event the way the stadium just erupted. I was almost overcome by emotion. After I said, ‘The Rangers are going to World Series,’ I don’t think I spoke for 30 or 40 seconds. All you could hear were the fans cheering.”

It’s a rarity that Nadel doesn’t have something to say. And he isn’t afraid to say it. Several former players in attendance for Friday’s Hall of Fame luncheon noted that Nadel describes the action as it unfolds and then puts it into context without, as Rafael Palmeiro said, “being a big homer.”

“I think it’s very meaningful to an organization to have an announcer that stays with an organization like he has for 34 years and have that consistency and for the fan base to relate to him and to experience a lot of things that happened with our organization over the years through him,” said Rangers CEO and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, whose 5,000th strikeout was called by Nadel in 1989. “The thing about a radio announcer is they come into people’s homes and they’re actually a part of those people and their following of the ballclub, and they develop a relationship with Eric as much as they do the ballclub. I think those are the things that are really important and the consistency.”

Nadel’s arrival in the Rangers' broadcast booth came about thanks to the ice. Once he graduated from Brown in 1972, Nadel got a job with the Muskegon Mohawks, a minor league hockey team in Michigan. Three years later, he was hired by the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League. When that team merged with the Dallas Blackhawks, he landed in North Texas for good in the summer in 1976. In the spring of 1978, Nadel was contacted by the Rangers about doing 30 games in 1979 on television and radio. It was a trial run and a chance to see not only if he could do the job, but if he wanted to do it.

“I wouldn’t want to hear any of those tapes now,” Nadel said. “They’d probably be pretty embarrassing. I wasn’t really good as a baseball announcer, but I guess I was adequate. I learned a lot. I practiced a lot in the games I wasn’t doing. I talked a lot to Jon Miller and Bill Merrill, who were my partners back then.”

Nadel became a full-time radio announcer in 1982, when the club brought in Holtz and went with a two-man booth. They were together for 13 seasons before Holtz moved to television, leaving Nadel as the lead radio voice.

“He was a sensational announcer,” Nadel said of Holtz, who died in 1997. “We bonded immediately as friends. We had tremendous chemistry together, both on and off the air. He had many, many years of experience doing minor league baseball, so I learned a lot from him about being a baseball announcer. He had a great, positive enthusiasm that came across on the air. He was very friendly and an outgoing personality and fans could see that. He was a lot of fun to be with, a lot of fun to listen to. The combination of the two of us just clicked.”

Nadel, 61, is enjoying the fact that he’s broadcasting a team that has become an annual contender, something that wasn’t the case when he was just starting. He did get a chance to call clinching games for AL West titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999. But all of those ended in disappointment for the Rangers, who won just one playoff game in that span and lost all three series to the Yankees.

Of course, Nadel has called some heartbreaking losses despite two straight trips to the World Series. Game 6 of the 2011 World Series heads that list.

“It was brutal,” Nadel said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes because when the ball came off David Freese’s bat, I thought, like the Rangers fans, that we had won the World Series. Then the ball carried farther than everyone thought it would carry and it didn’t get caught. Then, to go ahead again only to have the Cardinals tie it again and have our hearts broken twice … I didn’t sleep much that night.”

Nadel hopes for a better ending this season – or in future seasons. And at 61 years old, he has no plans on vacating the booth any time soon.

“I love it,” Nadel said. “It’s fun to do. I’m not ready to retire. I have no feel on when I might be ready to retire.”

Rangers to honor all-time team, Eric Nadel

August, 9, 2012
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On-field ceremonies to honor the Rangers' 40th anniversary all-time team and induct broadcaster Eric Nadel into the team's Hall of Fame will begin at 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

First pitch for Saturday's Rangers-Tigers game, in which players will wear 1976 turn-back-the-clock uniforms, has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. Members of the anniversary all-time team will be available for autographs from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are scarce for this weekend's three-game series against Detroit. Only singles, obstructed view, and standing-room tickets remain for Friday and Saturday, and about 2,400 reserved seats were left for Sunday's afternoon game as of Thursday afternoon.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Athletics 3

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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.

Highlights:

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.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.322 17 64 64
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 64
RA. Beltre 64
OPSA. Beltre .876
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182