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Post-Season Baseball Has Its Benefits For Nadel

Jason Barrett

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Among the perks of calling home team baseball on radio rather than television is the extended season.

For the local television broadcaster, the season ends with the final out of Game 162. Radio voices, on the other hand, get to work the post- season ride.

And so Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks will be the familiar voices of Rangers baseball as long the team advances in the playoffs while Steve Busby and Tom Grieve are kaput, finished, done in the booth for the year.

That’s simply the way Major League Baseball and its network partners do business. The national television contracts kick in as soon as the regular season is history.

By contrast in the NBA, the local television broadcasters can work the opening round before signing off. Ditto the NHL.

The National League post-season this year belongs to TBS. Simple one-stop shopping.

The American League’s is a bit more complicated. It belongs to Fox, which farms out first round Division Series games to cable’s Fox Sports1 and MLB Network.

There will be a hodgepodge of TV broadcasters working the Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays best-of-five series. Thursday afternoon’s season opener on FS 1 will feature Kenny Albert, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci in the booth with Ken Rosenthal down on the field. When the series shifts to MLB Network early Friday afternoon, Bob Costas and Jim Kaat will work the booth with Rosenthal doing dugout duty. when the Rangers- Blue Jays return to FS 1 for Sunday night’s prime time Game 3 in Arlington, Thursday’s crew reappears.

Should additional games be necessary, FS 1 and MLB will get back to us.

Back to the constants.

“(Home team) broadcasters live and die with the team everyday of the regular season,” Nadel said. “But when they get to the post- season, the (local) television guys go home… That’s just one reason I prefer radio.”

Nadel has a plethora of reasons he prefers the radio lifestyle. They include: Not being slavishly devoted to the pictures the cameras deliver; he has no director talking into his ear; no dress code; and the relative anonymity that used to come with being a voice rather than a face. That went bye bye, Nadel said, with the brouhaha that came when he won the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in 2014.

The Rangers have tried to move Nadel to television. In 1998 they asked him to replace his former radio partner, the late Mark Holtz. In 2002, he was the first choice to replace Bill Jones. He reluctantly agreed but was saved from bright lights purgatory when Josh Lewin was hired instead.

The Rangers learned their lesson. They have given up asking.

After all, you don’t shift positions for a Hall of Famer still at the top of his game if he doesn’t really want to move.

“I am incredibly pumped for the postseason,” Nadel said. “Isn’t that the dream?”

To read more visit the Dallas Morning News where this article was originally published

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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