Dave Barnett

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David Lane "Dave" Barnett (born April 27, 1958) is a play-by-play broadcaster who calls Big 12 Baseball games on Fox Sports 1. He has formerly been an ESPN personality and a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Texas Rangers.

Broadcast career[edit]

Before working for ESPN, Barnett served as the announcer for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs from 1988 to 1996, the Dallas Mavericks from 1981 to 1988, the 1990 Texas Rangers games, and Southwest Conference football and basketball on Raycom Sports. In 2009, Barnett's contract with ESPN ended, allowing him to return to the Texas Rangers,[1] where he served as a radio broadcaster. On May 26, 2011, it was announced that Dave Barnett would be replacing John Rhadigan as the Texas Rangers television play-by-play announcer.[2]

June 18, 2012 on-air incident[edit]

During a Rangers/Padres broadcast on Monday, June 18, 2012 from Petco Park in San Diego, Barnett suddenly began making nonsensical statements during the bottom of the eighth inning. The Rangers' pitching coach was concluding a visit to the mound when Barnett, without warning, said, "Go-ahead run is at fifth [pause] on what Adams is insisting on calling it a botched robbery. What actually happened was [pause] his henchmen took a piece literally out of . . . ."[3]

At that point, Barnett's voice trailed off. It sounded as though he was struggling to say the words "my" and then "his," but could not do so.[4] There was initial speculation that the broadcast production crew had turned off his microphone, but they actually had not done so.[5] For about twenty seconds, Barnett was silent, with viewers hearing only ambient noise from the ballpark.[6] Then, just as suddenly as the oddity appeared, it was over. Barnett began speaking again as if nothing had happened,[7] and he finished the game without further incident.[8]

The Rangers sent Barnett home to Denton, Texas for tests.[9] For the rest of the series, Barnett's duties were assumed by Rangers radio announcer Steve Busby.[10]

One week after the incident, Barnett (who had not returned to work since it occurred) said that the preliminary medical diagnosis was that he had suffered "a complicated migraine."[11] He also said that he had no memory of the incident.[12] He said that, after the game, he walked back to his hotel with his broadcasting partner, Tom Grieve, and went to bed.[13] He further stated that had no knowledge of what had happened until his wife called him the next morning and told him about the national attention that he was receiving.[14] Barnett called the incident "surreal."[15]

On July 2, 2012, Barnett said in a statement that he was taking an indefinite medical leave of absence that he expected would last for the remainder of the 2012 season.[16][17] He said in a telephone interview at the time that medical specialists were in disagreement as to what had caused his problem.[18] Steve Busby continued as Barnett's replacement as the television play-by-play announcer.[19]

On September 4, 2012, Barnett announced that he would do the television play-by-play for two football games of the University of North Texas, the school from which Barnett graduated in 1979 (when it was called North Texas State University).[20][21] He broadcast the first game on September 8, 2012, with no problems.[22] Barnett said at the time that, despite a battery of tests, doctors had not been able to determine what had caused his sudden incoherence in June.[23]

Departure from the Rangers[edit]

Barnett never returned to the Rangers' broadcast booth after the June 18, 2012 incident. On November 1, 2012, the Rangers issued a statement to the effect that they would not be renewing Barnett's contract, which had expired at the end of the 2012 season.[24]

Subsequent Work[edit]

On November 10, 2012, Barnett broadcast the second of the two University of North Texas football games, again without incident. In May 2013, he did the play-by-play for Fox Sports Southwest's television broadcast of a college baseball game between Oklahoma State and West Virginia.[25] In 2014, Dave Barnett was hired to be the play-by-play voice of Big 12 Conference baseball on Fox Sports 1.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Barnett has twice won UPI 'Radio Commentator of the Year' awards.

Personal life[edit]

He is married with two children and lives in Lantana, Texas.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN's Barnett joining Rangers' radio team". Usatoday.Com. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ Heinz, Frank (2011-05-26). "Rhadigan Out as Rangers Play-by-Play Man | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth". Nbcdfw.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  3. ^ Video of Dave Barnett's On-Air Illness on YouTube. Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Id.
  5. ^ Barry Horn, Baseball: Diagnosis for Dave Barnett is "complicated migraine", Dallas Morning News (June 27, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Joey Matschulat, The Strangest Moment of Dave Barnett's Broadcasting Career, Baseball Time in Arlington (June 19, 2012; audio of the telecast is included). Retrieved on September 16, 2012.
  7. ^ Id.
  8. ^ Barry Horn, "Baseball: Diagnosis for Dave Barnett is 'complicated migraine'", supra.
  9. ^ Id.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers' Dave Barnett's On-Air Rambling a Stroke - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  11. ^ Barry Horn, "Baseball: Diagnosis for Dave Barnett is 'complicated migraine'", supra.
  12. ^ Id.
  13. ^ Id.
  14. ^ Id.
  15. ^ Id.
  16. ^ Timothy Burke, Rangers Broadcaster Dave Barnett Will Miss Rest of Season Due to Unspecified Medical Concerns, Deadspin (July 2, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  17. ^ Scott Bell, Texas Rangers broadcaster Dave Barnett to take leave of absence expected to last for remainder of season, Dallas Morning News (July 2, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  18. ^ Id.
  19. ^ Id.
  20. ^ Barry Horn, Broadcaster Dave Barnett returns to call North Texas-Texas Southern game, Dallas Morning News (September 4, 2012. Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  21. ^ Associated Press, Dave Barnett to return to booth, from ESPN.com (September 5, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  22. ^ Barry Horn, Dave Barnett's return to the television booth for UNT football goes off without a glitch, from SportsDay DFW (September 14, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  23. ^ Id.
  24. ^ SportsDaysDFW, Broadcaster Dave Barnett wishes things ended differently with Rangers, Dallas Morning News (November 2, 2012). Retrieved on November 9, 2012.
  25. ^ Barry Horn, Ex-Rangers broadcaster Dave Barnett: Play-by-play return would be "ideal", Dallas Morning News (May 24, 2013). Retrieved on June 8, 2013.
  26. ^ Mark Miller, Rangers TV broadcaster Dave Barnett enjoying life in Lantana, Allen Publishing (February 28, 2012). Retrieved on March 23, 2013.