Davis retires from Royals' broadcast team

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Bob Davis is retiring as a Royals broadcaster after 16 years with the team.

Davis had planned all along to make 2012 his last season and retire quietly, but the news leaked out this week. He wanted to spend more time with his wife, Linda, and family.

"I'm going to miss it a lot. Now they'll probably start winning, which I hope they do," he said. "I'm still going to do football and basketball. The timing's good and we've got plenty of announcers. The lineup's loaded and they've got guys in the farm system."

One of the announcers in the farm system is his son, Steven Davis, who has handled play-by-play for the Royals' Double-A Northwest Arkansas club for the last five years.

Bob Davis will continue to call football and basketball games for the University of Kansas and next year will be his 30th. He's a 13-time winner of the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year Award.

Davis was on the Royals' radio network for the last five years after teaming with the late Paul Splittorff for many years on TV.

His time on radio broadcasts will be taken by Steve Stewart. Denny Matthews will return for his 45th season behind the mike, although he's cut back on his schedule in recent seasons. Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Physioc again will split time between radio and TV play-by-play.