Tom Grieve is in his 19th season as the analyst in the Rangers' television booth after debuting on Prime Sports broadcasts in 1995, the longest tenure of any TV broadcaster in club history. Elected to the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2010, he has been with the Washington/Texas franchise for nearly 45 of his 46 years in professional baseball.
Named the Rangers' Vice President and General Manager September 1984, Grieve became the youngest General Manager in baseball at the time. He remained in the position until September 1994, still the longest tenure of any General Manager in team history. Grieve was the Senators' first round pick in the October, 1966 June free agent draft after an outstanding high school career in his hometown of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He played in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets and Cardinals from 1970-79. Grieve was the Rangers' Player of the Year in 1976 with career bests of 20 homers and 81 RBI.
He joined the Rangers' front office as director of group sales in 1980, became assistant director of player development in 1981, and was promoted to director of player development after the 1982 season.
Tom and his wife, Kathy, have three children, all accomplished athletes. His oldest son Tim, a 1994 graduate of Texas Christian University, pitched in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations and is now a Texas scout for the Detroit Tigers. His son Ben was the 2nd pick in the nation in the 1994 June draft and played nine major league seasons with the A's, Devil Rays, Brewers, and Cubs, earning 1998 American League Rookie of the Year honors with Oakland. Daughter Katie was an all-state volleyball player at Arlington Martin HS and went on to play at Auburn University. She graduated from the University of Texas in 2000. Tom and Kathy have eight grandchildren.
Steve Busby is in his first full season as the television play-by-play voice of Rangers games on FSSW and TXA21. The former major league pitcher moved to television full-time from the radio booth in June 2012. He joined the Rangers radio broadcast team in 2011. Busby has been a part of Rangers radio and television coverage for over 25 years. Before joining the radio broadcast full-time, he served as a lead analyst on Fox Sports Southwest's pre and post game Rangers programming while working a limited schedule of television and radio games over the previous several years.
Busby originally joined the Rangers broadcast team in 1982, serving as the analyst on television games on KXAS-TV (1982-84) and Home Sports Entertainment (1983-85). He then spent ten seasons calling Rangers games on KTVT-TV, working as an analyst from 1986-89 and as lead play-by-play announcer from 1990-95. His broadcasting career also includes two stints with the Kansas City Royals and major league and college game coverage on CBS Radio and ESPN.
Drafted by Kansas City in the second round of the June 1971 Draft after an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Southern California, Busby had a 70-54 record and 3.72 ERA in 167 games over eight major league seasons, all with the Royals. The righthander is the only pitcher to toss a no-hitter in each of his first two big league seasons, April 27, 1973 at Detroit and June 19, 1974 at Milwaukee. Busby posted 22 wins in 1974 and 18 victories in 1975 and was an A.L. All-Star both seasons. From 1973-75, he averaged nearly 19 wins, 263.2 innings, and 177 strikeouts per season.
A torn rotator cuff forced him to miss all of the 1977 season and hampered him for the rest of his career, which ended in 1980. Busby is tied for fifth in Royals history with 53 complete games, has the seventh best winning percentage at .565, and is tied for tenth in wins. He joined Amos Otis as a member of the inaugural class in the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame in 1986.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, Busby has worked extensively as a private pitching instructor to amateur players. Steve is married to Pam and has five children, Melissa, Michelle, Stephanie, Sara, and Steven. The family lives in Grapevine.
Eric Nadel is in his 19th year as the lead voice on the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts, his second season on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and the Rangers ESPN Radio Network. It marks his 35th year broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise and the second longest continuous current stint with one team in the American League to Kansas City's Denny Matthews (45th year in 2013).
Nadel was inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on August 11, 2012.
A finalist for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Ford C. Frick Awards, Nadel joined the Rangers in 1979 and called games on television and radio in his first three seasons. Beginning in 1982, he began a 13-year run with Mark Holtz as the radio team on WBAP while returning to the television booth for one year in 1984. Nadel became the team's lead radio voice on KRLD Radio when Holtz moved to television in 1995. Among his most memorable calls are Nolan Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout on August 22, 1989, the Rangers' major league record 30-run outburst on August 22, 2007, and the final outs of Game 6 of the 2010 and 2011 American League Championship Series which sent the franchise to its first two World Series .
A seven-time recipient (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award, and two-time winner of the Associated Press award for best play-by-play in Texas. Nadel is a graduate of Brown University, where he called football and hockey on the college radio station. He had minor league hockey play-by-play stints in Muskegon, MI, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Fort Worth, and was also the radio voice of the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Basketball League.
Nadel has spent several off-seasons learning Spanish and has taken part in Spanish game broadcasts in numerous Latin American countries. He is also the author of three books, including Texas Rangers: The Authorized History, published in 1997.
A 1991 inductee in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Nadel and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Dallas with their dog, Nemo, a lab/husky mix.
Matt Hicks is in his first full season in the Texas Rangers radio booth after joining the broadcasts in June 2012. He came to the Rangers from the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Texas League affiliate, where he had served as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations since 2005. In that role, he was the primary play-by-play voice on all radio broadcasts and called Hooks television games on Fox Sports Southwest's Astros Minor League Game of the Week from 2007-09.
Hicks has 24 years of professional baseball play-by-play experience, making stops with Frederick of the Carolina League from 1989-94 and El Paso of the Texas League from 1995-2004 before becoming an inaugural employee at Corpus Christi. He is a former winner of the Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award in El Paso.
In addition, Hicks has extensive experience broadcasting college basketball with Mount St. Mary's College (Emmitsburg, MD), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), the University of Texas-El Paso, New Mexico State University, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was also the first play-by-play voice of the El Paso Buzzards of the Western Professional Hockey League. During his time in Corpus Christi, Hicks also broadcast high school football on the Texas Sports Radio Network's CCISD Game of the Week.
Hicks is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, where he called baseball, football, basketball, and lacrosse on WMUC Radio. The native of Washington, D.C. also was an extra in the movie Major League II, appearing in scenes featuring Bob Uecker, A.K.A. Harry Doyle.
Hicks and his wife, Estelle have a son Nathaniel and reside in Corpus Christi. Matt also has a daughter, Amy, who lives in Maryland.
Eleno Ornelas is in his 14th season as a radio broadcaster for all Rangers Spanish, his 11th as the lead play-by-play announcer. In addition to his broadcast duties, Ornelas contributes to the Rangers Hispanic marketing and community initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on a year-round basis.
Ornelas began his broadcasting career at KRVA Radio in Dallas in 1993 before moving KESS-AM as a full-time sports announcer in 1998. He joined the Rangers organization as a full-time employee in 2003. In addition to the Rangers, Ornelas has done radio play-by-play for the Dallas Mavericks and covered the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Burn during his tenure with KESS. He currently does Spanish radio broadcasts for Oklahoma City Thunder home games. Ornelas is a native of Juarez, Mexico and was a professional baseball announcer in that country before coming to Texas. He has an extensive background as an administrator in the Mexican amateur baseball leagues in North Texas, serving as President of the Dallas League from 1993-98.
Former Ranger Benji Gil is in his first season as an analyst on Texas Rangers Spanish radio broadcasts. He also makes personal appearances on behalf of the club in his role.
The Tijuana, Mexico native had a .237 average with 32 homers and 171 RBI in 604 career major league games. Selected by Texas in the first round of the June 1991 draft out of Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, CA, Gil won the Rangers' shortstop job in 1993 at the age of 20 but spent most of that season in the minors. He returned to the majors in 1995 and set career highs with 9 homers and 46 RBI in 130 games with Texas. After missing most of the following season with back trouble, he appeared in 117 games for the Rangers in 1997 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox that December.
Gil did not return to the majors until 2000, when he began a four-year run with the Anaheim Angels. He batted a career best .296 in 2001 and was a member of the Angels' World Championship club in 2002. Gil played his last major league game in 2003 but saw action in the minors for the Indians, Rockies, Cubs, Tigers, Mariners, Mets, and Royals over the next three seasons. He continued to play winter ball in Mexico for several more years and even played one game for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent North American League in 2012 at the age of 39.
Benji moved to Texas during his years with the Rangers and currently resides in Keller with his wife Carly and two sons.
Victor Villalba is in his fourth season as the primary play-by-play announcer for the Rangers Spanish home telecasts. He has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Dallas Cowboys Spanish broadcasts since 2002 and has been involved with the organization since 1996. Villalba added Spanish language play-by-play and Hispanic marketing consulting responsibilities for the Dallas Mavericks in 2005. The former corporate treasurer has enjoyed great success since entering the communications field in 1994 with extensive broadcasting, marketing, and public relations experience.
Jose Guzman returns for his fourth season providing analysis on the Rangers Spanish home television broadcasts. The former major league pitcher also returns to the radio booth, working a select number of games with Eleno Ornelas in a role he previously had from 2004-09. He also makes appearances in the community on behalf of the team. Guzman compiled an 80-74 record in 193 career appearances with the Rangers and Cubs from 1985-93. He won 11 or more games four times with Texas and was the team's Pitcher of the Year and A.L. Comeback Player of the Year in 1991. Shoulder injuries plagued him for much of his career, although he came out of retirement to pitch for the Independent Fort Worth Cats in 2001 and 2002.