Rangers Bringing Dave Raymond To The Booth
Today, the Rangers announced a small change to their TV and radio broadcast lineup. The main players will remain. Steve Busby will remain the primary play by play broadcaster on the TV side with Tom Grieve providing color commentary. However Busby will see a reduced role to newcomer Dave Raymond.
The radio side will still feature the Hall of Fame voice of Eric Nadel leading the charge with Matt Hicks providing his play by play and color commentary as well.
Raymond, a graduate of The University of Texas, will be the play by play broadcaster for 45 television games as well as 12 games on the radio side. There will be games where Busby will serve as the TV analyst with Raymond as the primary play by play man when Tom Grieve takes time off. There doesn’t appear to be any change with the role Jared Sandler. He will still serve as the teams pre and post game show host on the radio side.
It appears that former Rangers 2nd basemen, Mark McLemore is done with his time in the booth, at least for now. I assume that Mac will remain the pre and post game show analyst with FSSW.
The Texas Rangers press release provided this statement on Raymond pertaining to his credentials:
“A 21-year broadcasting veteran, Raymond served as the play-by-play announcer for seven Rangers spring training telecasts of FSSW and TXA21 in the spring of 2015. He called radio and television games for the Houston Astros from 2006-2012. Raymond also has major league experience on the radio side with the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles. For the last three seasons, he has served as a play-by-play and studio host for Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
His other broadcasting credits include college football, basketball, baseball, and softball for ESPN, Comcast, Root Sports, and the CBS Sports Network. Raymond was the pre and postgame studio host for Houston Texans shows on FSSW in 2013 and 2014.”
The biggest question that remains at this point, is if Raymond has the words “nibbler”, “fisted”, or the phrase “frozen like a TV dinner” in his vocabulary.
Long live Steve Busby!