When Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel was a finalist for baseball's Ford C. Frick award the past three years he knew likely would not win, but always knew there was next year. Now the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has changed the parameters for the pretigious Frick award, which cites excellence in baseball broadcasting.
After the winner of the 2013 award is announced on Wednesday morning, it will be on a three-year cycle.
I asked Nadel today if the reality of that change made him any more nervous.
"Yes," he said. "Sorry for the one-word answer."
He said: "I am considerably more nervous because I think this year I have at least a chance to win. I didn't think I had a chance the previous three years because the candidates were long over due."
Nadel recently completed his 35th season with the Texas Rangers.
The other finalists for this award are: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren.
Baseball people say Nadel will win this award, but the question is more of a when rather than if.
He is as good as any in his field, and he is deserving of this honor. Hope he gets the call on Wednesday morning.
"It would be a tremendous honor but the job is a reward itself," he said. "I'm grateful this is what I do for a living. Any honor is just gravy."
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