Royals Broadcaster Bob Davis Retiring After 16 Seasons With The Club
Royals broadcaster Bob Davis is "retiring from his role ... after 16 seasons," according to Jeffrey Flanagan of FOXSPORTSKANSASCITY.com. Davis said that he will "continue his duties as the voice" of Univ. of Kansas athletics throughout the remainder of this season, his 29th, "and beyond." Davis said that he will "have more time now to spend caring for his wife, Linda, who has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for some time." The Royals will "rotate" Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart and Steve Physioc to pair with HOF announcer Denny Matthews this summer, "though Matthews' schedule has been pared back in recent years." Davis' radio role also was "scaled back to about 60 games last season" (FOXSPORTSKANSASCITY.com, 2/14). In K.C., Bob Dutton reported the Royals "plan to compensate for Davis' departure by shifting" Stewart to radio play-by-play duties when Matthews "doesn't accompany the club on some road trips." Davis filled that role last year "after the Royals shook up their TV and radio crews by hiring" Physioc and Rex Hudler following the "decision by FSKC not to retain analyst Frank White." The Royals plan for Lefebvre and Physioc to "split play-by-play duties on TV and radio for the second year." Lefebvre will "do 90 TV games and 72 radio broadcasts." Physioc will "do the remaining 50 TV games and 90 radio broadcasts." Matthews and Stewart will "split time as the club's other radio voice" (KANSASCITY.com, 2/14).