The heat is on for your Rangers this Spring Training. There is plenty of competition on the field that will be exciting for fans to follow. You can do just that when you listen LIVE to Spring Training games on Gameday Audio.
|Thursday, March 5||Kansas City Royals||2:05 p.m.||Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks|
|Friday, March 6||San Francisco Giants||2:05 p.m.||Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks|
|Monday, March 9||Oakland A's||3:05 p.m.||Jared Sandler and Chris Blake|
|Tuesday, March 10||Los Angeles Angels||3:05 p.m.||John Blake and Chris Blake|
|Thursday, March 12||Chicago White Sox||3:05 p.m.||Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler|
|Friday, March 13||San Francisco Giants||3:05 p.m.||Jared Sandler and John Blake|
|Thursday, March 19||Cincinatti Reds||3:05 p.m.||Eric Nadel and Tom Grieve|
|Tuesday, March 24||Los Angeles Angels||3:05 p.m.||TBA|
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The 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, Eric Nadel is in his 21st year as the lead voice on the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts. It marks his 37th year broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise and the second longest continuous current stint with one team in the American League to Kansas City's Denny Matthews (47th year in 2015).
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nadel is the first primary voice of the Texas Rangers to be honored with the Frick Award, which was first presented in 1978. He was a finalist for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Frick Awards.
Nadel was honored at the Hall of Fame's Awards Presentation on July 26, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York, along with 2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell and Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Garagiola. He was inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on August 11, 2012.
Nadel joined the Rangers in 1979 and called games on television and radio in his first three seasons. Beginning in 1982, he began a 13-year run with Mark Holtz as the radio team on WBAP while returning to the television booth for one year in 1984. Nadel became the team's lead radio voice on KRLD Radio when Holtz moved to television in 1995. Among his most memorable calls are Nolan Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout on August 22, 1989, the Rangers' major league record 30-run outburst on August 22, 2007, and the final outs of Game 6 of the 2010 and 2011 American League Championship Series which sent the franchise to its first two World Series.
A seven-time recipient (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award, and two-time winner of the Associated Press award for best play-by-play in Texas, Nadel is a graduate of Brown University, where he called football and hockey on the college radio station. He had minor league hockey play-by-play stints in Muskegon, MI, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Fort Worth, and was also the radio voice of the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Basketball League.
Nadel has spent several offseasons learning Spanish and has taken part in Spanish game broadcasts in numerous Latin American countries. He is also the author of three books, including Texas Rangers: The Authorized History, published in 1997.
Eric is very active in the local music scene, annually presenting a Birthday Benefit Concert at the Kessler Theater. This year's concert on April 30 benefits Focus On Teens, an organization that serves homeless teens in DISD schools. (focusonteens.org). Since last spring, Eric has been the Music Director of the Vagabond, a restaurant-bar on lower Greenville in Dallas, where he books the bands.
A 1991 inductee in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Nadel and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Dallas with their dog, Kirby, a Yorkie mix.
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Matt Hicks is in his third full season in the Texas Rangers radio booth after joining the broadcasts in June 2012.
Hicks came to the Rangers from the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Texas League affiliate, where he had served as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations since 2005. In that role, he was the primary play-by-play voice on all radio broadcasts and called Hooks television games on Fox Sports Southwest's Astros Minor League Game of the Week from 2007-09.
Hicks has 26 years of professional baseball play-by-play experience, making stops with Frederick of the Carolina League from 1989-94 and El Paso of the Texas League from 1995-2004 before becoming an inaugural employee at Corpus Christi. He is a former winner of the Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award in El Paso.
In addition, Hicks has extensive experience broadcasting college basketball with Mount St. Mary's College (Emmitsburg, MD), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), the University of Texas-El Paso, New Mexico State University, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was also the first play-by-play voice of the El Paso Buzzards of the Western Professional Hockey League. During his time in Corpus Christi, Hicks also broadcast high school football on the Texas Sports Radio Network's CCISD Game of the Week.
Hicks is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, where he called baseball, football, basketball, and lacrosse on WMUC Radio. The native of Washington, D.C. also was an extra in the movie Major League II, appearing in scenes featuring Bob Uecker, A.K.A. Harry Doyle.
Hicks and his wife, Estelle have a son Nathaniel and reside in Keller. Matt also has a daughter, Amy, who lives in Maryland.
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Tom Grieve is in his 21st season as the primary analyst in the Rangers' television booth after debuting on Prime Sports broadcasts in 1995, the longest tenure of any TV broadcaster in club history. Elected to the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2010, he has been with the Washington/Texas franchise for nearly 47 of his 48 years in professional baseball.
Named the Rangers' Vice President and General Manager September 1984, Grieve became the youngest General Manager in baseball at the time. He remained in the position until September 1994, still the longest tenure of any General Manager in team history. Grieve was the Senators' first round pick in the October, 1966 June free agent draft after an outstanding high school career in his hometown of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He played in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets and Cardinals from 1970-79. Grieve was the Rangers' Player of the Year in 1976 with career bests of 20 homers and 81 RBI.
He joined the Rangers' front office as director of group sales in 1980, became assistant director of player development in 1981, and was promoted to director of player development after the 1982 season.
Tom and his wife, Kathy, have three children, all accomplished athletes. His oldest son Tim, a 1994 graduate of Texas Christian University, pitched in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations and is now a Texas scout for the Detroit Tigers. His son Ben was the 2nd pick in the nation in the 1994 June draft and played nine major league seasons with the A's, Devil Rays, Brewers, and Cubs, earning 1998 American League Rookie of the Year honors with Oakland. Daughter Katie was an all-state volleyball player at Arlington Martin HS and went on to play at Auburn University. She graduated from the University of Texas in 2000. Tom and Kathy have eight grandchildren.
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Jared Sandler is in his first season as the full-time pre and postgame host for the Texas Rangers Radio Network. He will also do play-by-play on a select number of Rangers broadcasts in 2015. Sandler served as the backup for this same role during the 2014 season. In addition to his duties with the Rangers, Jared also fulfills various on-air responsibilities with the team's flagship, 105.3 The Fan (CBS).
A native of Dallas, Sandler most recently worked for 103.3 FM ESPN as an on-air host. Prior to his return to DFW, he spent two years with ESPN 100.9 FM/Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League), calling play-by-play for baseball, basketball, and football, as well as hosting the region's highest-rated afternoon drive sports talk show.
A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011, Sandler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. While at USC, in addition to directing the student-led sports radio station and working with ESPN 710 in Los Angeles, Jared also was a member of the school's baseball program, serving as a practice player and aiding in baseball operations. He resides in Dallas.
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Chris joined the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate, in December 2012 after he worked on Hooks radio broadcasts on an interim basis the previous season. In addition to pre- and post-game radio duties, he calls the middle innings of home games, hosts an on-field pre-game show, assists with cchooks.com and edits team publications.
A 2011 graduate of TCU, Chris spent a season with the independent San Angelo Colts and three summers with the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He also served as a public relations intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2010.
The Irving, Texas native called TCU baseball for three seasons and contributed to the football pregame show "Horned Frog Countdown" on KTCU. As the sports director of the student newscast, Chris covered the 2010 Horned Frogs on their run to the Rose Bowl.
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