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Get Well Soon, Eric Nadel

The Rangers’ Hall of Fame radio broadcaster will miss the start of the season due to undergoing treatment for mental health issues.
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Ranger baseball won't feel the same without Eric Nadel. Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Few North Texas sports figures matter as much as Eric Nadel. Even fewer are more beloved.

That comes with the territory for a National Baseball Hall of Famer heading into his 45th season with the Rangers, 29 of which have come on the radio as their lead broadcast voice. Same goes for someone who has long used his platform to advocate for mental health awareness. (One example of many: his annual birthday benefit for the Grant Halliburton Foundation, which provides resources and education programs promoting mental health and suicide prevention for young adults in North Texas.)

So you can expect a deserved groundswell of support in light of Nadel announcing he’ll miss the start of the MLB season as he undergoes treatment for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The Fan’s Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler will fill in during his absence.

Here’s Nadel’s full statement, courtesy of MLB.com’s Kennedi Landry:

Ranger baseball won’t feel the same without him. In the meantime, best wishes for a speedy recovery, and the highest respect for Nadel both acknowledging his needs and taking action to put his health first.

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