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Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:13 pm
Rex HudlerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Friday had good news and bad news for Royals fans outside the Kansas City area (and trust me, they exist).

The bad news? Fox Sports Kansas City officially announced (via they've hired Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc as the team's TV broadcast team.

The good news? MLB.TV announced that for the first time the home and away broadcasts will be available for all games.

The problem with that is MLB.TV is subject to blackout rules in the local area and the team also plays the White Sox 18 times, so for those Royals fans in Kansas City and for the 18 games with Hawk Harrelson, there's always the mute button.

The Royals ousted one of the franchises' all-time greats, Frank White, after the season because he was too critical -- and any doubt about that was erased when they hired a cheerleader like Hudler. You'd think the Royals fans that were left had paid a high enough price watching the Royals for the last 20 years or so, but no, you've got to add a duo of screamers to replace a legend with insight and integrity. It's also sad that it comes at a time when the Royals should be entertaining to watch, featuring a core of young, talented players.

Hudler and Physioc spent 11 seasons together calling Angels games. The two will actually only work 50 games together in 2012, with Ryan Lefebvre doing play-by-play for 90 games. Both Physioc and Lefebvre will do radio games, joining Denny Matthews, Bob Davis and Steve Stewart. Hudler will serve as the color analyst for 120 games, while former Royal Jeff Montgomery will do color in the remaining 20 games broadcast by Fox Sports Kansas City.

As for the MLB.TV news, the home and away feeds will be available on MLB.TV Premium for $124.99 -- up about five bucks from last season. It also includes a free copy of At Bat 12, which cost $15 last season. The regular MLB.TV subscription is $109.99. The premium edition also includes support for the Xbox 360 for the first time.

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Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:43 pm

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

Having sampled broadcasters from all over the country thanks to local broadcasts on MLB Network, I can say that I'd prefer Hudler over some of the stiffs I've heard for other teams. Yes, Hudler is a bit over-enthusiastic but he's never mean or rude or in-your-face. Physioc is the calming influence and having worked together for years they won't ahve an awkward breaking-in period. I found Hudler's commentary to be more than adequate when it came to breaking down the minutae of plays and strategies. Hudler's repalcement in the Angels booth, Mark Gubicza, is just bland in every way and adds nothing useful.

And yes, Hudler can be over-enthusiastic, but he really does seem to be the type who believes it. It's not an act. He's got a son with a significant medical condition (Downs Syndrome perhaps) and was a big part of the Angels' public face to the community.

So really, it could have been a lot worse.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:38 pm

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

I live in southern California and I am very familiar with Hudler's commentary and broadcast style from his work on Angels broadcasts. He is not very insightful. Sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but you're not going to learn anything or gain any interesting perspective from Hudler. He just caters to the lowest common denominator of rah-rah, since he already has a major strike on his resume (arrest for marijuana possession) and won't risk being critical for fear of losing his cushy job.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:40 am
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Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:15 am

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

Once again Rosecrans you SUCK you far and away are the worst writer ever

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:42 pm

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

It's funny how the Royals organization make people who are critical of them disappere. As if they are trying to hide the fact that they are running below average organization. It's not working Mr. Glass! We can all tell the team has been mismanaged for years. Now spend some money, and put together a winning team for goodness sakes!

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:13 am

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

reminds me of Steve Stone getting fired by the buffoon Jim Hendry of the Cubs because Stone was honest about the lack of fundamentals of the Cubs 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:13 pm

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

When Hud was a player for Angels in mid 90s Angels had an autograph session on Sundays games. I remember one player never looked at my sons or myself, but Hud looked at all 3 of us greeted us with a great big smile and handshake, Hud your are the man will be a great asset to Royals family. Good Luck too you and your family.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:52 pm

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

as if royals fans don't suffer enough. yikes

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:50 am

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

You're right calling out the Royals "brain" trust on this one, Tim. When Schembechler and Monaghan let Ernie Harwell go in Detroit, I held my tongue only long enough to give a listen to Rick Rissz and Bob Rathbun. Now, I'm a guy who grew up with a transistor radio under the covers, often falling asleep until Ernie or Paul raised their voice to let me know that something exciting was about to happen or already had. I didn't watch or listen to another Tigers game until I caught a news report last year during Verlander's no-no and thought 'What the hell'. The sound of those two braying jackasses despoiling the night air, during what was an integral part of my life, was unforgiveable. Even though I loved Illitch for his years supporting the game when he owned the Caesars, even though I still religiously read the box scores, even though I still adore Bo for his years at UM, I didn't want to get over it. What all too many of these pinheads fail to understand is that you cannot buy hardcore fans, but you can throw them away. They call it "disloyalty." Crap. As if I was disloyal when I suffered through nearly every game while Billy Martin befouled the dugout. As if the Dog Pound was disloyal when they paid money, with which many of them could ill part, for the privilege of shivering inside the Mistake on the Lake.

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:35 am
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