The Texas Rangers have removed John Rhadigan as play-by-play announcer after only 50 games on the job and replaced him with Dave Barnett. Rhadigan, who replaced Josh Lewin before this season, had no previous play-by-experience and will return to his prior role as host of the Rangers’ pre- and post-game shows.
“There’s tremendous comfort in that,” Rhadigan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I got to do three months of fantasy baseball, and it was a dream come true.”
Joey Matschulatof Baseball Time in Arlington said,
(T)he anger felt on this issue was best directed towards the Rangers for putting Rhadigan in a position to fail, and towards the media types that so vigorously defended Rhadigan even though they didn’t necessarily watch the games on television and, therefore, were not in a position to judge his work or the feedback of others.