Now's Your Chance to Help Get Eric Nadel or Mark Holtz in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Mark Holtz and Eric Nadel
At this late date there should be no need to explain why Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel is a local treasure; he's as much a part of summer 'round these parts as 85-degree lows. I just went back and listened to his final-out call from October 12 -- it still breaks me up. Name me a better local sports-broadcasting one-two punch than Nadel, who's been calling games for the ball club for 33 seasons (!), and his former partner in the booth, the late, great Mark Holtz. Only Ralph and Razor come close.

Reason I mention it: John Blake, Rangers spokesman, sends word that the National Baseball Hall of Fame today opened up online voting, asking fans to help whittle down the list of 75 contenders ("two representing every current big league team and 15 at-large selections") to the 10 finalists who'll end up on the ballot for the Ford C. Frick Award, so named for the legendary broadcaster and "driving force" behind the creation of the Hall of Fame. Notes Blake, "fans will select three of the 10 names on the ballot for the Frick Award."

Nadel, of course, made the finalists' list last year, only to lose out to Expos-Marlins caller Dave Van Horne. So. Go to the Hall of Fame's Facebook page, where you can vote once a day till September 30. Those guys, more than most, deserve to say hello to that particular win column.

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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Once again, Wilonsky is the best sports writer on this whole damn thing.  FireRichieShitt.com

Nadel is the best announcer of the great game that I've had the pleasure of listening to. Love Mark too.

hammertimez
hammertimez

EVERYONE GO VOTE FOR THE LATE, GREAT MR. KOBUKI!!!

rke
rke

Agreed about Mark and Eric, but how about a little love for Brad and Babe-or Brad and anybody?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Always been a big Brad fan. Always. But am I wrong in thinking he was never better than when paired with Dale? I know. I'm probably wrong. But it doesn't feel like I am.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Totally agree those were Brad's best days since Verne.  The past few years though he has slipped. Rarely does he paint the picture anymore giving us the formations and the actual play-by-play. Instead he spends much of the broadcast giving his opinion on issues with the team and/or players or the state of the sport.  Seems like a radio show with an actual game used as background music too often.

Gone are the days when I would turn down the sound on the tv and turn on the radio for him.

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