Texas Rangers replace TV play by play announcer with radio announcer Dave Barnett
Reached at his home in Dallas, Rhadigan admitted he would have liked to have had a longer run as TV announcer.
“You know, I wanted to do it for 20 years,” he said. “It was unfortunate, but it was a fun ride. I had a great time doing it. I had eight weeks of fantasy baseball play-by-play.”
Rhadigan said he was informed of the team’s decision Tuesday morning. His final broadcast was Wednesday night’s rain-delayed telecast, which the Chicago White Sox won 8-6.
He said the team gave him no specific reasons for the change. “They said that there was a lot of negative feedback and that the learning curve was just too great to overcome,” he said.
Rhadigan, who turned 50 on Monday, also will rejoin Fox Sports Southwest, handling a variety of his previous studio shows, including college football and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Rangers hired Rhadigan to replace longtime TV voice Josh Lewin, who was let go after last season. Lewin still lives in the Dallas area, hosting a midday sports talk show on Dallas station KRLD-FM 105.3, “The Fan.”"