Rangers announcer Matt Hicks still growing accustomed to life in major leagues

Matt Hicks arrived in the Rangers radio booth last June, a 51-year-old rookie finally getting a sliver of a shot at the big time. Almost a quarter century of minor league work, including the previous 17½ seasons in Class Double-A, had anchored him with the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Texas Rangers broadcasters Matt Hicks and Eric Nadel at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on March 28, 2013. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

There’s no shame working in the Texas League, but it’s hardly the pinnacle. Time and again, Hicks had applied without success for major league broadcast openings. His time was running out.

When Dave Barnett had to take a mid-season medical leave from the Rangers booth, Hicks, who worked for Reid Ryan, whose father is Nolan Ryan, was summoned as a temporary replacement.

“A privilege,” is how Hicks describes the opportunity.

He certainly has

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