FOX Sports Kansas City has announced that former major league player and announcer Rex Hudler, 51, has been named to replace Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer Frank White on TV broadcasts for the Royals this season.
The announcement on the FOX Sports site was made by Jeffrey Flanagan, who spent 18 years as a columnist and beat writer at the Kansas City Star.
According to Flanagan’s story, Hudler will join a restructured Royals broadcasting team. He will do about 120 games as the color analyst, working with Ryan Lefebvre, who also will do an unspecified amount of games for the Royals radio network with either Bob Davis or Denny Matthews.
The Royals also hired Steve Physioc, 57, who is a Kansas State graduate, who will do about 50 games of play-by-play in the television booth. Physioc was the voice of Kansas State football and basketball from 1979-82 and a sports reporter at WIBW in Topeka.
According to the Star’s Bob Dutton (link), Joel Goldberg will return as host for the Royals pre- and post-game shows. Home telecasts will include Montgomery as analyst and Nate Bukaty in a reporting role.
Dutton did not mention Frank White in his entire story.
Blogger Curtis Kitchen also added that Hudler was arrested in Kansas City in 2003 at KCI for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and suspended from Angels’ broadcasts.
Watch Hudler (already dubbed Will Ferrell) below at a recent Royals press conference and witness first-hand what a refreshing addition he will be to broadcasts.