Texas Rangers play-by-play voice Eric Nadel was named a finalist for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award, presented each year for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nadel was selected as a finalist for the fourth consecutive year.
The other finalists: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren.
The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and that person will be honored during the Awards Presentation as part of Hall of Fame Weekend in 2014 in Cooperstown, New York.
The award has a new three-year cycle, which means that if Nadel doesn't win this year, he'll have to wait a few years to get another shot. Next year, those who made significant contributions from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s will be honored. The year after that, it will be those from before the early 1950s before it rotates to broadcasters currently in the booth again.
Nadel just completed his 35th season with the Rangers. It's the longest tenure of any announcer in franchise history.
As an aside, Nadel deserves this award and, frankly, will win it. The question is when he'll get the honor. Let's hope it's this year, allowing him to enjoy a fun weekend at Cooperstown in 2014. It's difficult to imagine Rangers baseball without him, isn't it?