Eric Nadel is a Rangers Hall of Famer

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Is it wrong to say another man's voice is like butterscotch? If so, I don't want to be right.
The Texas Rangers just confirmed what everybody already knew: Eric Nadel is a bad ass.

The team announced at a press conference this afternoon that the longtime radio broadcaster, the voice that has narrated, if not propelled, its climb into Major League Baseball's upper ranks, is the 2012 inductee into the team's hall of fame.

Nadel's greatness was much celebrated by my predecessor, but I'll take the occasion to give my two cents. Nadel has been announcing the Rangers' radio broadcasts for 34 years, seven years longer than I've been alive. Hs voice was the soundtrack of sorts for cool summer evenings as a boy. I've since lived in other media markets and listened to other baseball teams, but their voices have always sounded tinny and hollow, corn syrup to Nadel's butterscotch.
Who knew that he first decided to be a broadcaster while listening to a Yankees game; that he's an Ivy Leaguer; that he cut his teeth broadcasting minor league hockey, his original passion; that he started with the Rangers as a fourth-string announcer and part-time salesman?

Who cares?

Nadel's greatness has long been recognized. He's won the Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award and is a two-time finalist for the equivalent national award. He called Nolan Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout in 1989, the record 30-run outburst in 2007, the final outs of the 2010 and 2011 American League Championship Series. He also taught himself to broadcast in Spanish.

It's gratifying that the Texas Rangers have blossomed from what the Associated Press, way way back in 2003, described as a "perennial cellar dweller" with a single playoff victory under its belt into something more worthy of the Voice, a team that has for two straight years been on the cusp of a World Championship.

Nadel becomes the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, joining Nolan Ryan, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Hough, Ruben Sierra and fellow broadcaster Mark Holtz. He is the only one who can say the phrase "A three run Jimmy Jack!" without sounding ridiculous.

Next time you see him, maybe at his birthday party, tell him congratulations.
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Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Nadel is greatness and it's well-deserved.

On a semi-related note, is anyone else finding TAG to be damn near insufferable this season? He's smarmy and cloying to the point of coming across more as an infomercial host than an impartial broadcaster. Maybe I just miss Lewin.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Now I gotta small rant.

Eff you, Tom. Cookie talk fucking SUCKS. Don't even try to act like we're the assholes for hating it. It's a bush league beatdown suited for whatever minor league team plays in Topeka. A Major League fucking Baseball team does not need a half-inning EVERY HOME GAME of call-outs to old people and kiss-asses who are odd enough to send baked goods up to a broadcast booth solely because they'll get a fucking call-out. 

When will this team and FSSW realize that the average viewer is not a 70 year old white person living in Mineral Wells? The bumpkin approach is insulting and inaccurate--there's a thousand people in Plano rolling their eyes at the dumbass broadcast for every dirt road geezer in a non-ironic trucker cap smiling at their dinky little county getting mentioned.

Fix this shit, Rangers.

dub919
dub919

TAG has always been insufferable.  He's just turned it up a notch this season.  Here's to hoping it's his LAST season.

Bring back Josh Lewin.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Ive been watching at a bar, so I dont have to hear him as much, plus its fun to be around a crowd.  Unfortunately Ive only got 2 months of that solution and then Ill be stuck at home nightly

Storm_71
Storm_71

Stold my thunder Scruff.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

So you get that same vibe from him? TAG, not Nadel, Nadel is awesome. Tom just comes across like a professional wrestling "babyface" commentator--like he's purposefully (or ordered to) act like a cheerleader and downplay or rationalize anything remotely negative.

citygirl
citygirl

And another reason that he's the best--he did a turn as guest host on KXT a couple of months ago.  The best baseball broadcaster AND great music taste--what a two-fer!

G_David
G_David

I've seen him out and about town at a variety of local shows.  He has excellent musical taste and would have made a great radio programmer in a different life.  And he's as friendly as can be.

Lee Gibson
Lee Gibson

During all those years when the team was terrible, I continued to listen anyway because the broadcast was always so good. He's the reason why.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

The voice of the franchise. Through all of the years of some of the worst ball ever played by a team to the past three years of some of the best the one constant has been Eric. The dedication to his craft is unequaled. His love of the game comes through in every broadcast.

The ball is now in your court BWA - Eric Nadel should be the next Ford C Frick honoree.

G_David
G_David

Honestly, I was kind of surprised that he wasn't already in.  Nobody deserves it more.

Walton
Walton

"In the 50th year of the franchise, in their 39th year in Texas, under a full moon in Arlington, the Rangers have won the American League pennant."   Greatness.

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