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Rangers Broadcaster Dave Barnett Went Off the Rails For About 45 Seconds Last Night

Update at 3 p.m.: Rangers communications chief John Blake sends out the following update:

San Diego, CA--Texas Rangers television play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett will miss the final two games of the team's series in San Diego. He will undergo an evaluation over the next few days after experiencing on-air issues in the eighth inning of Monday's game with what Barnett believes to be the recurrence of migraine headaches.

Rangers radio announcer Steve Busby will handle the television play-by-play duties on Tuesday and Wednesday, working with Tom Grieve. Rangers pre and post-game radio host Bryan Dolgin will join Eric Nadel on the radio broadcasts for the rest of the series.

The Rangers will have no further comment and appreciate everyone respecting Dave Barnett's privacy at this time.

Thank you.

Original post: If you didn't finish out the Rangers explosive (or not) 2-1 victory over San Diego last night, you missed what has to be among the strangest 45 seconds ever of a local sports broadcast. You can listen to the audio here, but to summarize, Dave Barnett's eighth inning play-by-play unravels into nonsense:

A 2-1 game, the tying run at second on a lead-off single by James Hedrick. The go-ahead run is at fifth on what Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman took a piece literally out of...

That's when the folks in the booth at Fox Sports Southwest apparently decide to cut Barnett's mic. Ambient ballpark noise for a few seconds, then Barnett carries on as if nothing happened. Odd, to say the least.


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