Tag:Jeff Montgomery
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:13 pm
 

Sorry Royals fans, the Wonder Dog has been hired

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 MLB.com) 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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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:03 pm
 

DeJesus hurt on Jeter's inside-the-parker


David DeJesus The best outfielder on the trade market, the Royals David DeJesus, may be on the shelf.

DeJesus left Thursday night's game against the Yankees with an apparent right wrist injury as he tried to track down a Derek Jeter liner at the wall.

The Royals center fielder made what appeared to be a running, leaping grab of Jeter's liner, but hit the fence and his wrist bent back and the ball dropped out of his glove. Jeter, meanwhile, raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He was replaced by Rick Ankiel, who was activated from the disabled list earlier on Thursday.

The Royals have a $6 million club option for DeJesus for 2011. DeJesus is hitting .318/.384/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI. DeJesus has been mentioned as a trade target for any team needing an outfielder, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Rays.

It was the second inside-the-park homer in Jeter's career. His first, coincidentally, was in Kansas City with current Yankees manager Joe Girardi on base. It came on Aug. 2, 1996, off of Jeff Montgomery.

UPDATE: Possible good news for the Royals -- and other teams -- as YES Network is reporting DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb and will miss the rest of the series. X-rays taken at the stadium showed no fracture.

UPDATE 2: Much less sunny news from the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton, who tweets DeJesus will see a hand specialist on Friday and "might be out a while."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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