Good news! We’re ever closer to pitchers and catchers reporting and with every day that passes, one day closer to live Royals baseball on TV.
Fox Sports Kansas City’s first broadcast of 2013 will be March 25 when the Royals host the Los Angeles Dodgers from Surprise, Arizona at 8 p.m. CST. By that point, most of the will be more or less set and the Royals will be winding down their competition for a #5 five starter and rounding out the bullpen. And what’s better, we get to watch it on FSKC.
If that doesn’t settle things, though, the Royals will face the Chicago Cubs two days later and that game will also be brought to you by FSKC. According to a press release, Ryan Lefebvre will call one of those games. Steve Physioc will call the other.
Lefebvre will call 90 games during the regular season, leaving 50 for Physioc to cover as the play by play man. Rex Hudler will provide the color commentary. The format we’re all used to will stay the same, as Jeff Montgomery and Joel Goldberg will host HyVee Royals Live Pregame 30 minutes before the game and Boulevard Royals Live Post-game. The release doesn’t indicate that Montgomery will provide color commentary on any games, though, like last season, he’ll likely fill in to give Hudler a day off here and there.
Both opening day in Chicago on April 1 and the home opener against the Twins on April 8 will be broadcast on FSKC. Of the 140 games broadcast during the regular season 73 will be home games with 67 road games shown.
The Royals first matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays will be April 30, and might showcase Wil Myers if the Rays call him up after the first couple weeks of the year (to work his service time) or if he makes the team out of spring training. Otherwise, the Royals don’t play the Rays again until a series starting June 13. That’s probably a more likely time to see Myers on FSKC, though the game will be at Tropicana Field.
In the meantime, maybe you’ve recorded the games that FSKC broadcast on Christmas Eve (I did) and can go back to watch those. Or there’s always MLB.tv’s offseason package (have that too). If you haven’t got either of those resources, though, you’ll have to wait until March to hear Ryan and Rex. (For some, you might be content with that.)