Texas Rangers: Steve Busby
Emily Jones was hired by the team and will serve as the on-field reporter and host of "Rangers Insider," a weekly show on Fox Sports Southwest.
This will be Busby's second full season as the play-by-play voice in the TV booth after transitioning from radio. Grieve returns for his 20th season in the booth.
"For the past few years, I've considered taking some games off to spend additional time with my family during the summer," Grieve said in the club's release. "This will allow me to do some things that I haven't had the opportunity to previously do. I really appreciate the Rangers and FOX Sports Southwest allowing me to do this."
The radio crew remains the same with Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks calling the games on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Mike Peasley serving as pregame and postgame host and fill-in voice when needed.
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.
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.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.