Dave Barnett to Replace John Rhadigan As Texas Rangers' TV Play-by-Play Man

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About half an hour ago, Richie posted an item on the Sportatorium: John Rhadigan, hired in January to replace Josh Lewin as the Texas Rangers' TV, play-by-play announcer, is already out. Moments ago, the team confirmed with an Official Statement that follows in full. But long story short: Beginning with tomorrow night's broadcasts ...
Dave Barnett will become the Rangers' lead television play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Southwest and TXA21 telecasts, working with analyst Tom Grieve.

Steve Busby will join Eric Nadel on the majority of the games on 103.3 FM ESPN and the Rangers ESPN Radio Network. Pre- and post-game radio host Bryan Dolgin will also do play-by-play on a number of games during the remainder of the 2011 season.

John Rhadigan will be returning to Fox Sports Southwest as the lead anchor of FSSW's Rangers pre- and postgame coverage and other programming on the network.

"We feel that this restructuring will provide Rangers fans with quality television and radio broadcasts from a pregame, in-game, and post-game perspective," said Rangers Executive Vice President for Communications John Blake. "We have a group of experienced and knowledgeable broadcasters who should work well in these roles."
The whole announcement follows.

Update at 4 p.m.: Richard Durrett at ESPNDallas speaks with Rhadigan, who says, among other things, :"I wanted to be doing the job for 20 years. But I'll look back on this grateful that I took the risk and had three weeks of fantasy baseball play-by-play experience and enjoyed every minute of it." That, right there, that's all class.
TEXAS RANGERS ANNOUNCE CHANGES IN GAME BROADCASTS

Dave Barnett becomes team's lead television play-by-play announcer; Steve Busby and Bryan Dolgin to split radio game responsibilities

Arlington, TX-The Texas Rangers today announced several changes in the on-air personnel for the club's television and radio broadcasts.

The changes will be effective beginning with Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals and will be in place for the remainder of the 2011 season.

Dave Barnett will become the Rangers' lead television play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Southwest and TXA21 telecasts, working with analyst Tom Grieve.

Steve Busby will join Eric Nadel on the majority of the games on 103.3 FM ESPN and the Rangers ESPN Radio Network. Pre and post-game radio host Bryan Dolgin will also do play-by-play on a number of games during the remainder of the 2011 season.

John Rhadigan will be returning to Fox Sports Southwest as the lead anchor of FSSW's Rangers pre and postgame coverage and other programming on the network.

"We feel that this restructuring will provide Rangers fans with quality television and radio broadcasts from a pregame, in-game, and post-game perspective," said Rangers Executive Vice President for Communications John Blake. "We have a group of experienced and knowledgeable broadcasters who should work well in these roles."

Barnett joined the Rangers broadcast team in 2009 and has worked primarily in the radio booth since that time. The longtime ESPN announcer has also provided play-by-play coverage on a limited number of Rangers television games in that span.

Busby has been a part of Rangers radio and television coverage for over 25 years. Most recently, the former major league pitcher has served as a lead analyst on Fox Sports Southwest's pre and post game Rangers programming while working a limited schedule of television and radio games over the last several years.

Dolgin is in his second year hosting Rangers pre and post game radio coverage and has been a fill-in play-by-play broadcaster for the club over that span.


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Rhads stole my lunch money
Rhads stole my lunch money

Thanks God (or the diety of your choice)

LGRangers
LGRangers

I'm surprised at the number of people who liked Lewin. I hated Lewin and it seemed obvious to me that Tom Grieve was only putting up with him because he was forced to. Lewin was awful, he was spastic and did nothing but spew out a bunch of meaningless stats. That is not play-by-play. I realize television is not radio but still, if I have to keep the volume muted for 9 innings, something is wrong with your broadcast. Barnett is a little boring but at least calls the game.

Grant
Grant

John Rhadigan seems like a great guy, just kind of boring as a play-by-play man.  But I would admit no more boring than Brad Davis is on the road games with the Mavericks.  My apologies-no intent to offend anyone-just my opinion.  I thought that Bob Ortegel was much better and I really didn't see that one coming.  Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend!

JRR3
JRR3

The Rangers always seem to fire broadcasters for strange reasons, which is certainly not the case with Rhadigan.  But I have to hand it to them, they always seem to find a good replacements.  I liked Sundberg and Busby in the TV booth some 20 years ago and never understood why they were replaced.  I thought that Josh Lewin was excellent, although his absenses for other gigs did become a bit annoying.  Not sure how Barnett is going to work out, but at least he knows more about the game than did Rhadigan.  Hey, how about John Miller?  I never understood his being replaced either, but since he is no longer doing ESPN Sunday Night Baseball why not give him a call?

Parker
Parker

So, what's the Ranger's complaint with JL? Obviously, he has all the skills and knowledge to be the PBP guy, so what happened—or who did not like him? Sounds like a blood thing...

MattL1
MattL1

I personally think they're all terrible, but that's just one man's opinion.

John in Pilot Point
John in Pilot Point

I wonder if the straw was the other night when Rhads shouted "Hello Win Column!" (There was an image of that on the scoreboard.) That's kinda sacred Mark Holtz memorial territory.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

Nadel and Grieve are two of the best anywhere.  I like Barnett OK on the radio but he sounds so much like Mike Snyder that sometimes I expect Jane to chime in with some dumb comment or awkward segue.  He should be fine with Grieve. Nothing against Busby but I hope he's just interim as he doesn't complement Nadel's sense of humor so well.  Did Holtz have a son?  Wouldn't that be....oh well.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

My wish list in order::#1 Nadel, enough said#2 Lewin, also enough said#3 Busby, love when he filled in for Lewin and back in the day when it was his job..he has good chemistry with Tags.

zobzerto
zobzerto

Nadel will never do television... I believe he's been asked before, and turned it down. I think he enjoys radio because of the opportunity to paint a verbal picture--his abilities in that regard are second to none. He was made for that medium.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I love Nadel, but leave him on the radio, no one can help you visualize whats going on like him, Tv wouldnt do him justice.  I wish Busby would have gotten the TV gig because barnett is a monotone pbp caller

Ramblin Man
Ramblin Man

I thought he was improving in the last week. They should have given him at least through the all star break before making the determination. I knew it was bad news when they first announced his hire because it was apparent beforehand that he was not a baseball man. Just like Nadel backhanded remarked last year to Norm, Bascik is the one of the only ones in this area that knows the game (implying most people that talk Rangers in this area don't know their arse from a hole in the ground). Barnett is solid replacement. Must have been some ratings numbers that determined the firing because the almighty television dollar is king as far as MLB baseball is concerned in this area.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Other things Bascik knows: MLB record breaking homerun, Mescuns, Twitter, sounding like Chewbacca.  (I like Mike, really do..but he'd be turrible in the broadcast booth.)

G_David
G_David

This is a win for everybody.  Love me some Rhads - he's my favorite fill-in for vacationing Ticketeers, but the play-by-play booth wasn't his natural home.  He's great on the pre-and post-game shows. 

And I concur that Josh Lewin should never have been shown the door.  I'm a Tom Grieve fan as well, but given the choice between the two, give me Josh and "ball game!" any day.

Fishbowlmanwich
Fishbowlmanwich

Sucks for Rhads but he was tur-u-bull in the PBP role.  Barnett will be fine. 

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Thank You!  It was torture listening to him try to figure out the game of baseball. If he wanted to do play-by-play he should have started out calling college and minor league games.  MLB is not a training ground.

phe_75034
phe_75034

Feel bad for Rhads. He never should have been put in this situation. Major eff-up by the Rangers. They should never have fired Lewin.

Guitardave8077
Guitardave8077

I wasn't too excited about Rhads taking over for Josh. I agree the Rangers didn't make a wise choice by not resigning Josh. Rhads did show tremendous class in his departure, though.

Rhinosaur
Rhinosaur

Tom Grieve could not stand Lewin (inside source), so his chances of staying a long time were slim. I feel bad for Rhadigan, too, because he seems like a good guy. However, when the Rangers hired him I, along with many others, responded with "Huh?"

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I call BS on your (inside source).  I don't think Tag "can't stand" anyone other than the foursome ahead of him slow playing.

Jeff Simons
Jeff Simons

still don't see an "inside source" named

Rhinosaur
Rhinosaur

Yeah, because he's not human, right? Don't be so naive. He's not a bad guy, but he's a normal guy like you and me who likes some people, dislikes others.

Gordon Rives
Gordon Rives

Missed opportunity by the Rangers for not correcting a mistake.  I miss "Ball Game!"

Nancroper42
Nancroper42

Kinda liked "let's play ball ya'll" but loved "ballgame!"

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