OTC: Midseason Grades For Royals Media

With the All-Star break winding down and the second half of the baseball season ready to start up, I thought it would be a good time to roll out some midseason reviews of the media who cover our Kansas City Royals. This will be a two-part series. Part 1 looks at the voices and talent in the Royals Radio and TV booths. Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Royals Radio

Denny Matthews
Matthews has been calling Royals

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16 Responses to OTC: Midseason Grades For Royals Media

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree on Denny. Snooze City.

    I disagree on Bob Davis. Does the guy have an I’m-in-the-same-room-with-you voice? I get tired of him yelling at me all the time. Listening to him is like getting stuck talking with Uncle Billy for an hour at Thanksgiving dinner.

    Lefebvre … young version of Denny.

    Stewart … very forgettable.

    White … yes.

    Goldberg … yes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Uncle Dick
    Agree with you on Frank, who, by the way, should be in the Hall of Fame. If he had played for the Yankees, he’d be in. Nice man, too. Never too busy or important not to sign autographs for the kids.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Uncle D,
    Frank White was an absolute clinic on a daily basis at second base. Why the HOF disregards defensive genius is a mystery and a mistake.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Uncle Dick
    Like Earl said, give me defense, solid pitching, and a 3 run homer.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Kyle Rohde
    Greg – you didn’t grade them, you just posted comments on how they did their jobs.

  6. Anonymous says:

    greg…what gives you the ability to
    say how good a broadcaster is. Did you ever do
    radio or tv. Did you ever work behind a mic doing
    play by play. For what team. And
    what credentials do you have to critique
    someone who’s worked their way up the ladder
    when you are still stuck putting blurbs on
    a lonely website? It’s like a drive up window
    hostess at mcdonalds critiquing the nightly
    Everyone’s a critic. The guys on the broadcasts
    do a great job. They are entertaining. And again
    if you don’t like them…switch channels or
    You’ve put yourself out as an expert when I
    have to wonder what makes you qualified to
    say what’s good or bad. I’m just a fan…i
    may voice an opinion…but its as a fan and I
    don’t pretend to put myself out as an expert when I am only expressing my opinion as a fan.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Here are my letter grades:
    Matthews: D
    Davis: B
    Stewart: B
    Free: A
    Lefebvre: C
    Splitt: Incomplete
    White: B+
    Goldberg: B
    jojo: Perfect Attendance

  8. Anonymous says:

    To answer your question, I don’t think of myself as an expert with special abilities to critique. I am simply a guy with an opinion about sports, athletes and the media who covers these people and events. The only opinion of the media

  9. Anonymous says:


    Justin Unell of KSHB posted an interview with Splitt online a couple days ago… He hopes to return this year.


    Love your columns; keep up the great work.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Uncle Dick
    I’ve worked with assholes, interviewed assholes, seen assholes,talked to assholes,paid for assholes, and am currently a major league asshole, so I am qualified to say, jojo, you’re an asshole.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the update on Splitt and the link to Unell’s interview with the lanky lefthander. I can’t think of anyone who isn’t rooting for Splitt to get back in the booth asap.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Boy, I don’t know what’s going on, but Splittorff looks really thin and frail.
    I was at the Royals’ game last month when the Royals did their “Sky Show” and they made a big production about how Splitt had thrown the first pitch at Kauffman, and that night they had him throw “one more pitch” from the mound. I have to say I was very worried that Splittorff was seriously ill and they were trying to honor him one last time… but I guess this virus isn’t that serious? Anyway, I hope he gets better. I enjoy listening to him, and he’s one of the best – a Royal Legend.

    With that said, I think Ryan and Frank work well together, and I just love hearing Frank’s chuckle during the games. It kind of reminds me of Dr. Hibbard on “The Simpsons”! 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    Bob Davis has been broadcasting that way for 25 years! “THEY say he stepped out of bounds” or ” They are gonna say it was a strike” etc. He’s the worst!

  14. Anonymous says:

    The Royals would be crazy to replace Frank White with Splittorff. Frank IS THE BEST THING the Royals have this year. He’s made watching the Royals enjoyable again.

    Non-stop talking does not make a good sports broadcaster. Frank we love you!! Keep laughing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Greg: Just got done reading 1 and 2. GREAT PIECES!

    Is jojo short for jagoff in johnson county? You got the crap beat out of you in grade school didn’t you? I got friend who’s a high dollar shrink in Chicago who reads OTC faithfully. He thinks you’ve got some issues jojo. Get some help.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I still love listening to Denny Matthews. I don’t need my broadcasters to do any more than tell me what is going on with the game. I love his dry humor, and the way he spells out the name of a player or two every game.

    I can’t stand Bob Davis. He is overly enthusiastic and a total whiner. I get really tired of him saying that balls are crushed only to have the SS catch the pop up. He’s brutal.

    Lefebvre is good. He whines about umpires too much, but I also enjoy his humor and they way he calls games.

    Frank White’s insight has been good, but I don’t like how he giggles all the time. It’s like a 12 year old girl is announcing the games. If he would knock off the incessant giggling, he would be much better.

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