"This is an incredible honor," Nadel said. "To be a part of that group is so improbable to me. I'm incredibly grateful to the people who first hired me and took a chance on me, and the people who have supported me through the years, especially my partners and all the other people who have helped me do this job, and I've asked for a lot of help. And I especially want to thank the fans for the special connection we have shared."
The Rangers' belief is at some point Nadel will be included among the great broadcasters of the game who have received the Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a finalist in each of the past two seasons.
"I think so," Ryan said. "I'm very supportive of that. I think it's a matter of time."
Nadel is already a seven-time winner of the Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
"When I think of Eric, I think of excellence," Sundberg said. "I love listening to him, and he has worked hard to be the best. He has had a great commitment to the organization."
Nadel joined the Rangers' broadcasts in 1979 and called the games on both television and radio. In 1982, he joined Holtz for a 13-year run on the radio. In 1995, Nadel became the lead voice on the radio and has continued in that role for 18 years. His 34-year run with the Rangers is the second longest for a broadcaster in the American League behind Denny Matthews, who has been with the Royals for 44 years.
"There is something special about baseball on the radio," Nadel said. "People hear it every day, and the fact that they don't get sick of you is amazing. The fact that I've shared some great moments with the fans, especially the last two years, is amazing. To be a part of the Texas Rangers organization for the past 34 years has been an incredible experience.
"If you look at where the Rangers were in 1979 and where they are now -- considered to be a model franchise -- to be a part of that is a tremendous privilege."
Nadel was behind the microphone when Ryan struck out his 5,000th batter in 1989. He was the lead radio broadcaster in 1996 and 1998-99 when the Rangers won their first three division titles, and again in 2010-11 during their run to two straight World Series.
He has seen some incredible moments, including Josh Hamilton hitting four home runs in a game last week, but Nadel said nothing beats Neftali Feliz striking out Alex Rodriguez for the final out of the 2010 AL Championship Series. That was in Game 6 at the Ballpark in Arlington, and it put the Rangers in the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
"In terms of impact on the organization, drama and the emotional impact it had on me, nothing comes close to that," Nadel said.
A graduate of Brown University and member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Nadel and his wife Jeannie are also involved in a number of civic endeavors within the Dallas community. He has become fluent in Spanish to the point where he can broadcast in that language, and he also has a profound knowledge of baseball history.
The Rangers alternate annually between inducting a player and a non-player. Last season, they inducted former pitcher Kenny Rogers, and they will consider inducting at least one player in 2013.