Rangers announcer placed on leave

July 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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ARLINGTON, Texas, July 2 (UPI) -- Texas Rangers television announcer Dave Barnett said Wednesday he is taking an indefinite leave of absence two weeks after speaking gibberish on the air.

During the broadcast of a June 18 game against the San Diego Padres, Barnett became nonsensical, saying, "the go-ahead run is at fifth on what (Rangers relief pitcher Mike) Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery."

The team initially blamed the episode on a migraine, but Barnett was pulled off two subsequent telecasts and has not appeared since.

"Effective immediately, for health reasons I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my broadcasting duties that I expect to last for the remainder of the season," the announcer said in a statement. "I would ask that you please respect the privacy of me and my family during this time."

Steve Busby will continue to take Barnett's place in the booth, the team said.

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