Texas Rangers Win a Series. But Is John Rhadigan Winning?

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As I've said before, new Rangers TV play-by-play voice John Rhadigan is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Love him as a friend. Be honored to have him as a neighbor. Or a role model. Whatever. Great dude.

But as the voice of my baseball? Um, let's see how he's doing a fourth of the way into his first season.

The Rangers won their first series in more than a month yesterday, with Neftali Feliz closing out a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Angels yesterday in Arlington. Amazing, in that Chris Davis got the game-winning hit and Mark Lowe actually got the win.

Feliz got a little lucky with Alberto Callaspo swinging and missing at ball four, which would've put two on with one out in the 9th. Instead, Callaspo struck out and catcher Mike Napoli nailed stealing Howard Kendrick at second to end the game.

Things are looking up on the field. Texas took two of three from their AL West rivals in a series that drew more than 141,000 to the Ballpark. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz will be back soon and it appears the Rangers will survive all these early-season injuries with their heads near or above .500.

Better yet, Sunday was their 7th sellout, matching last year's regular-season total.

In Rhadigan's words, "Thatta way boys!"

I've heard lots of complaints about Rangers broadcasts this year. The radio signal on 103.3 FM craps out in Fort Worth and Cedar Hill. And, of course, there's a current of criticism for Tom Grieve's new partner. Like...

His signature opener -- "Let's play ball y'all" -- is too corny. He doesn't know the rules, once crediting a batter who hit into a double-play with an RBI. What I hear are simple slip-ups, the kind of things you'd expect from a rookie announcer with zero Major League play-by-play experience.

Last Tuesday, with the Rangers leading the A's 7-1 into the top of the 9th, Rhadigan exclaimed "It's Neffy time!" But the video clearly showed Darren Oliver jogging in from the bullpen. Sunday he referred to Adrian Beltre as "Andre."

And yesterday, with Callaspo up and the tie run on 1st, the Angels hitter took a borderline 3-1 pitch over the inside corner. "Strike three!" Rhadigan exclaimed. After a short pause and screaming silence from Grieve, Rhadigan corrected himself, "er, strike two." He'd simply lost track of the count, an almost unpardonable sin in that crucial situation.

Whether it's organic or orchestrated, Rhadigan is oozing more enthusiasm as the season goes along. Maybe he's getting more into the gig and the enthusiasm is a byproduct. Or, perhaps at the end of each inning a producer -- or maybe Nolan Ryan -- is zapping him with a cattle prod.

Thoughts?

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

If he was at least 50% right on HR calls I think I could live with him. Ball crushed to the upper deck. "That is a....................homerun", or a flyball that hits the base of the wall "Its over the wall for a wait off the wall for a double. Its like he just hasn't watched much live baseball. A year after the Rangers put together a run like they never have before, and new fans are watching the team like they never had we have this man educating our newfound fanbase. Its sad and the fans new and old deserve better.

Perhaps it was just a ploy to stop fans from watching at home and get more butts in the seat.

Cinder972
Cinder972

I'm sure Craig Ludwig is happy John Rhadigan is gone. It was so uncomfortable watching the two of them doing the intermissions spots between the Dallas Stars hockey games.

James the P3
James the P3

It's not just that he doesn't know the rules--and as Elvis's third strike/fouled bunt yesterday showed, he doesn't--it's that it seems that he's never watched a baseball game on television before.

There are any number of ways to describe a ball hit in the air.  It may be flied.  It may be lifted.  Sometimes it is sky-ed or popped.  Some balls are yanked, or slapped, or jerked, or pulled.  Others are lined, or driven, or blooped.

According to Rhadigan, however, 95% of the balls hit in the air are "sliced."  Every damned thing is sliced.  It makes for a nice drinking game, but it doesn't do anything to describe the action on the field. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Who calls their friends because Colby is in the 9th inning of a complete game shutout bid? It was an excellent performance on the mound, but Rhads was being silly about it being something historic.

And the fake/forced/odd enthusiasm isn't helping anything. It's distracting and insulting.

Guy Sports
Guy Sports

99 percent of the radio/tv personalities in this market would get exposed like Rhads if they tried to do play by play. These folks get are judged by ratings instead of knowledge. I cringe when I hear sports expert talky talk do their 20 minute Rangers segment and are clueless about how clueless they are about the finer aspects of the game. There are 175 affiliated minor league teams, most of which stream their broadcasts free of charge. I suggest that the Rangers assign seven employees 25 teams apiece and whittle down a handful of candidates that 1) know the game 2) are somewhat entertaining and 3) are minimally annoying. Then they can figure out which of these would best transition from radio to TV.

CapGuy
CapGuy

 Never should have let Eric Ramos get away. Great radio and TV voice. Great chemistry with Tom Grieve......

Tejaseng
Tejaseng

Not as bad as you all say.  Lewin talked too damn much.  Let's see you go nine innings for 162 games, Lord knows how many calls that would be, and never make a mistake.  I can be patient.  It will all work out.  Would like a little less first names, though.  Main thing is Rangers on the field.

John Rhadigan
John Rhadigan

Richie,

If you were my Nolan Ryan I would be worried about my job, but you aren't. You don't know shit about tv. I actually just signed a new contract and will be around for a long time.

Who do I sound like? 

Ken555
Ken555

Rhadigan's growling attempt to sound "enthuastic" unlistenable. He is ruining my game-watching experience. 

PPM Don't Lie
PPM Don't Lie

rhadigan is so bad that he deserves to be on 105.3 the Fail.

as i've said b4:its not rhads' fault, ITS THE IDIOT WHO HIRED HIM!just like its not richie's fault, ITS THE IDIOT WHO HIRED HIM and keeps him around with a 1.2 in pm drive.

YA THINK...EFF THE THIEFS
YA THINK...EFF THE THIEFS

Greggo and Richie sucking up for the coonasses........SUCKS!!!

THE STUPIDEST SEGMENT EVER AND THAT SAYS A LOT..the idiots chose(yes chose) to live in the land under a SPILLWAY!!!

damn shame there is no way to reach the fail online anymore...

The few remaining have already stolen everything the others have left behind.  PERSONALLY I HOPE THE REMAINERS GET FOUND FLOATING AROUND MARSH ISLAND...

 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

If you cant stand Rhads and cant get 103.3 to come in clear try 1540 AM for the Spanish boradcast, they make it sound like something exciting is happening every second. Kung POW POW Chicken that 

Sean
Sean

Um the extra enthusiasm is a bad thing because it makes me feel like he is screaming at me.Sorry, like John as a desk jockey, but this was a misstep by Ryan.  

Rljdway
Rljdway

It's hard enough to watch the Rangers these days when they have so many starters on the disabled list; they play no better than a minor league club.  But to have to endure listening to John Rhadigan stumble along with his neophyte style of baseball play-by-play makes it unbearable.  As was noted, the Rangers' radio broadcast fades out and we can't hear it here in Granbury, Texas so muting the TV is the only other option!   PLEASE bring back Josh Lewin!  He's not great but a hella' of a lot better than Rhadigan!! 

mightcan
mightcan

 I miss Josh Lewin a lot. I'm puzzled about why he was let go. He had energy and enthusiasm, even somewhat over the top. Rhadiagn, whom I'm sure is a very nice man, doesn't match. Rangers' TV is un-listen-to-able and I've been using the radio feed with the show.

Grumpy
Grumpy

The sloppy play in the booth matches the sloppy play on the field this year.

Matthew
Matthew

RW- as has been said thanks for the post and allowing comment.  Love the man, but he is horrible on play by play.  This is the first ridiculous move by Nolan and he is not going to get any better.  You either have it or you don't on play by play and he doesn't have it.  We should go with a fill-in for the rest of the season and then hire a real play by play man in the fall. 

Mason
Mason

For the type of recognition that the Rangers received from last years World Series run, they need an extremely solid "voice" for their t.v. announcements. Quite simply, Rhadigan is not cutting it with these important continuous errors, and I can only imagine the looke on Grieve's face in the booth when Rhadigan continues to embarrass the team. He's suited for the after-game studio, but that's it.

Tom
Tom

Could not agree more! Rhad just does not have what it takes to do play-by-play. May be the nicest man in the world and did well in his previous roles but unacceptable as play-by-play. I gre up in St Louis and had the pleasure of listeneing to a number of great anouncers and it is painful listening to rangrers games now. The "southern" tag lines with the Mich accent - do not work. The "there you go boys" at the end of a a game - that is hockey speak. The number of mistakes  are amazing. I remember one game where he said Adrus was going after the ball and Andrus was getting a day off! A top team deserves a veteran anouncer not a rookie with no previous experience at any level. Nolan admit your mistake and fix this soon! 

aboutschmidt
aboutschmidt

Good posts today.  Rhads is a whip and Josh deserved better.  I do think Rhads can get better though and isn't the alternative Dave Barnett?  Doesn't seem very exciting either.

For those of you who missed it, Richie responded to some Whitt's End and Michael Vick/Richard Hunter dog comments and had some interesting info:

- for his hair implant endorsement, Richie made $15,000 in addition to 2 free surgeries.- says the ad revenue for Rage is excellent and his bosses are very happy.  2 of the crew members recently got raises and another was offered a contract extension.  He renewed his deal last November.  - makes a fair point about usual nut kicking that goes on here but not getting props for good stories like breaking the Aqib Talib or Richard Hunter's dog stories.  describes the web traffic here as bringing in "record numbers" and thanks us for our masochism.  says he makes more at the Observer gig than he ever did at the FWST.-brags about hitting a wiffle ball double off Mark Cuban's chandelier.

Interesting stuff, and keep responding to comments, Richie.  Makes the blog a lot more entertaining and I think even the nut kickers respect you a bit more for it.

tex
tex

get real dude !   he will be fine!!!! 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

What have you done with RW?  You know the short guy with funny hair..wears his hat backwards and other gay stuff like that.  All three posts have been decent today...something is amiss.  On to the Redshoe's announcing quandary, 90% of everyone up in here ..including RW..was torching Lewin last year for not talking enough baseball..too much Seinfeld..too much cookie talk (noticed that hasn't went anywhere)..Me and Mrs. brokenshoulder loved Lewin, found him extremely entertaining ..not just last year..but for the last 8-10 years ..however long he'd been here.  He brought Tom (The real most interesting man in baseball) out of his shell and lightened the mood when we were getting piledrived by the Losangelesanaheimsofsoutherncalifornia Angels for the last 10 seasons.  I like Rads on the postgame on fillingg in on the Littlest of Tickets, but I like Josh doing play by play for my Rangers.  And 103.3 signal sucks ass, as bad as the programming is on 105.3 atleast I could hear the damn game called by Nadel in the North hill country..now I'm stuck with Rads only...or silence..which I go with primarily.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I also am glad someone in the medja finally brought this up.

He's gotten slightly better, but it's still only slightly. It's still pretty bad. All the errors, slipups, and flubbed words aren't a huge deal when it's limited, but he does it pretty often. The "strike three" thing yesterday was facepalm bad. Completely misidentifying players like old drunk Harry Carey is unacceptable. This isn't football-these guys aren't hard to tell apart.

They still do awful baked goods talk, they still go to Knox WAY too much, so what's the upside of Rhads over Josh? Josh was great with the stats, knowledge, and rules, Rhads is not. Josh was great at accurate, exciting calls, Rhads is not. Josh was great at making a boring game interesting, even with dated pop culture references, but it's better than Rhads by far as well. "Let's play ball, y'all" is cringe-worthy, his game over stuff is all trying too hard, and I'm less eager to watch the broadcasts.

Frankly, the whole down-home presentation the Rangers have going this season with the "let's do stereotypes!" commercials and Knox interviewing old people and Rhads being Rhads is borderline insulting to the average to serious baseball person. I cringe hearing that stupid music of their commercials now.

That ain't the way, Nolan. The snow monkeys could do a better broadcast. Stop modeling the presentation on Blue Bell commercials.

Cdharris
Cdharris

 He's doing just fine.  Give it a rest.  The announcer is the least of the Ranger's problems.

19seven1
19seven1

 Rhadigan is "no bueno" (no good). But I also found Lewin very annoying. Grieve is ok as long as he sticks to stats. I miss the days of Sundberg and Busby. What about a Grieve/Busby team?

Rooster
Rooster

Actually, Rhads has had one good line this year.

I was watching a Sunday afternoon game and he was talking about the ball girls.  He issued this gem, "One of the jobs of a ball girl is to warm up the corner outfielder."The room full of guys I was in busted out laughing....

Other than that he has been horrible, but I'm still giving him a chance to find his groove.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I thought the same damn thing. Then after he said it, they cut to a dude in a Rangers jersey on his phone. Puzzling.

P1Javier
P1Javier

Luckily I can sync up Eric Nadel with the tv feed.  

SteveDallas
SteveDallas

Couldn't agree more triple 5.

Rhadigan's call of the game is ruining my summers TV game watching experience. I got Direct TV so I could watch/listen to any team to avoid Rhadigan's call. I liked Josh's call and I really like John Rhad as a person....and a darn good sportscaster but his call of the game has to go. "SAY.......WHAT IS JOHN  MILLER DOING THESE DAYS?" John used to call play by play  for the Rangers before Hulse.

SD 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW replied to a couple of my nutkicks Saturday eve...while he was recuperating from getting his head taken out of his ass. Also, I believe RW to be the infamous Robem and a closet English teacher.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

 I'm in Burleson and never have a problem getting 103.3 signal.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

 Really, if that sounds good to you, then you probably think mushmouth should have a marconi

Mishon
Mishon

Thanks for clearing up what "no bueno" means in English. We wouldn't have known otherwise.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

 Sounds like a line a bunch of kids skipping school would laugh at!

pk
pk

"One of the jobs of a ball girl is to warm up the corner outfielder."Is that the sports version of a fluffer? 

Gordon Rives
Gordon Rives

 Josh is available and I love Bloom County.

Fan Feedback
Fan Feedback

Richie did seem a bit defensive.  I can understand station management extending the two main hosts, but why Armen and Sybil?  Rage needs at least some tinkering if it's going to compete with Galloway, nevermind the Hardline.  Greggo's claim they'd easily be at least 2nd in the ratings is looking pretty foolish and the show has done nothing to differentiate itself in months other than the hopes of ratings will come the longer they're on the air which they have not.  Even Ticketheads on here admit the Hardline ain't what it used to be, but compared to the competition nothing is close. 

The Chris Chris morning show is hard to listen to.  Gavin is a bit stale by himself and might be a good fit as the Chris Chris yuck monkey.  Arnie is not bad, but who really listens at that time?  He and Greggo would be good together I think, maybe with Richie as the yuck monkey.  Josh knows sports and was a very good, smart addition and does well with Elf, but the show seems a bit dry at times.  Chris Arnold was a great hire and hopefully he will have a full time gig eventually.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

South Weatherford/North Gbury dooesn't get reception from 103.3 at all..in the truck or on the porch.

Abc
Abc

 Taco Bueno should change their name to Taco Bueno (Good).  It would prevent so many headaches!

Rooster
Rooster

Either that or something a bunch of old dudes who take themselves waaaaay to seriously wouldn't laugh at? 

melikeybeisbol
melikeybeisbol

saw the video, dude on the phone wasnt me, I had headphones on...

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

 This gets the award for the filthiest comment I have seen in a week.

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