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Rangers spring break: Sports radio host father was in Alberto’s ear early

Rangers shortstop Hanser Alberto’s dad, Tony, is a radio and television sports talk show host in the Dominican Republic.
Rangers shortstop Hanser Alberto’s dad, Tony, is a radio and television sports talk show host in the Dominican Republic. Star-Telegram

Elvis Andrus may be the disc jockey in the Rangers’ clubhouse but Hanser Alberto is the one with radio in his blood. Alberto’s dad, Tony, is a radio sports talk host and television broadcaster in the Dominican Republic.

His dad’s show, Deportes en Grande, is heard Monday through Friday afternoons. He discusses all sports, including basketball, soccer and baseball. He’s even interviewed his son a few times.

“He doesn’t like to do that too much because the people say ‘oh, he’s your son’ so he lets other other people do that,” Alberto said of his father.

Alberto, 22, has been impressive defensively in spring training filling in for injured shortstop Elvis Andrus. His clubhouse locker is sandwiched between those of Andrus and Adrian Beltre.

“I try to learn as much as I can,” he said. “Being around Andrus and Beltre means a lot to me. It’s fun playing with these guys and let the coaches make the decision, but I will let you know I’m here.”

When he’s back home, the younger Alberto has been known to do his own broadcasting. He enjoys announcing games no matter the sport.

“I enjoy it,” he said. “I get that from him.”

Getting behind the mike makes Alberto appreciate the pros like his dad and Rangers play-by-play man Eric Nadel.

“I know how hard it is. I like to hear when he announces home runs,” he said.

Gifts for Banister

Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Rangers manager Jeff Banister Monday morning and its announcer Jaueeun Lee came bearing gifts. She presented Banister with a Korean-made document stamper with his name on it, plus a T-shirt with a caricatured image of Shin-Soo Choo with the words “Choo Choo Train.”

Key stat

5 Hits for non-roster invitee Jared Hoying, who is tied with Rougned Odor and Carlos Peguero for the team lead this spring.

Quotable

“Any time you have that taken away from you, for whatever reason, and you have any competitive nature to you, any fire inside of you, you want to get back. You want to prove not only to yourself, but to your own fans and your teammates what it means to you.” — Banister on Prince Fielder’s return from neck surgery.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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