Archive for Friday, December 2, 2011

Kansas City Royals, Fox Sports drop broadcaster, Hall of Famer Frank White

December 2, 2011


— The Kansas City Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City have announced they will not renew Frank White's announcer contract for 2012.

White, a Hall of Fame second baseman for the Royals, has been a game analyst for the Royals the last three seasons.

The Kansas City Star reports that White began working in a more full-time television role in 2009 after former broadcaster Paul Splittorff, who died this year, began having health problems.

White, a Kansas City native, won eight Gold Gloves and helped the Royals win the 1985 World Series championship.

He previously resigned as a full-time employee of the Royals organization in January.


08Champs 6 years, 5 months ago

This is sad and stupid. First the Royals can't seem to come up with a few dollars for him to stay with the organization, now FOX (surprise) eliminates the best part of the broadcast. Frank helped me understand the professional game better and made watching the Royals tolerable. Really hate this decision.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 5 months ago

Can not believe they drop Frank and keep Ryan Lefever.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 5 months ago

Bring in U.L. Washington and his toothpick!

Terry Sexton 6 years, 5 months ago

All the maroons on the radio say there is more to the story than we know but they ain't saying what exactly. All I can gather is that Frank ticked off Dayton Moore somehow, that Frank is kind of chippy about the Royals sometimes & Dayton, being sorta popular right now, made the change while he could.
Too bad, Frank is a great analyst.

Shane Garrett 6 years, 5 months ago

Frank White, was a great bridge between past and present, a brilliant baseball mind. When Frank talked, you had very good reason to listen. He wasn't just jabbering. He was feeding you good information.

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 5 months ago

What's not mentioned in the story or in any comment thus far is that Frank White used to be a Royals' minor league ball coach, and was even heavily mentioned in rumors that he might be the MLB manager. This isn't cutting ties with a broadcaster, but cutting ties with someone who used to be a part of Royals leadership. Also, I'd prefer Lefebvre to White, but that's just me.

Bob Forer 6 years, 5 months ago

Let's hope there is a place in the Royal's front office for Frank. He was my favorite player growing up. He was always the last player out of the locker room, and would never try to avoid fans who were waiting at the player's entrance after the game for an autograph. Frank would always stick around until he was assured that every last fan had had an opportunity to talk with him, shake his hand, and/or obtain his autograph. A soft-spoken, unassuming, and overall good guy.

I can understand them not renewing his broadcasting contract. Although he knows the game inside and out, in my opinion, anyway, he was a little dry and dull in delivery. But given his decades with the club and his overall loyalty to both the front office and the fans, he deserves to remain employed in some capacity with the team.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 5 months ago

No class royals. Why would they want someone in the booth that knows baseball. Half the time they never even gave him a chance to interview for the royals manager job. They are idiots and will always be losers.

Tony Kisner 6 years, 5 months ago

KC's Wizard of Oz. I guess Wizard of White.

1983Hawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Dayton Moore evidently wants some pliant tool on the broadcast who will always spout the party line and never speak truth to power as Frank did. He had gravitas as a player, manager, and broadcaster and has forgotten more about baseball than a spoiled brat rich kid "executive" like Moore will ever know. Royals will try to rip off their fans with another year of false hope before shipping any successful young players off to the real contenders. Here's hoping this move against White isn't just a mistake for Moore. Here's hoping it's a career ending mistake!

parrothead8 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't have anything against Frank White. He was a heckuva player and a pretty good coach, but a boring announcer.

I have to take issue with your statements about Dayton Moore. You clearly know little about his background or the business of baseball, and you don't seem to understand what the very near future could hold for the Royals. It's taken several years, but Moore has built this team to be successful the only way he could with the budget he has.

At this point, they have an entire starting roster of solid offensive performers, all of whom are under 30, and all of whom are either signed for the next few years or under team control for the next 4-6 years. That's a pretty rare thing in baseball, to have this many young guys all come up at the same time and perform at least as well as an average major leaguer. These are the guys who scored more runs than any team in their division last season except the Tigers.

So why didn't they win more games? The starting pitching was well below-average. Well, they've shored up an already strong bullpen and just made a trade to improve the rotation...all without dramatically increasing payroll, because they know they're going to have to commit some cash to Alex Gordon to keep him. Sounds to me like they've planned this pretty well.

You're hoping that this is a career-ending mistake for Dayton Moore. I predict you'll be eating those words within a year, when the youngest team in baseball improves by ten games in a single year, and winds up 2nd or 3rd in their division.

1983Hawk 6 years, 5 months ago

If the Royals fail to qualify for the post-season for the 27th consecutive year, I doubt I'll have time to eat my words. I'll be too busy helping erect a statue of Dayton Moore outside the stadium to help everyone celebrate our 3rd place finish in the division.

rtwngr 6 years, 5 months ago

Dayton Moore has done more to help the Royals than anybody since Mr. K. He has built a solid farm club and now has a competitive team on the field. I predict next season the Royals will be more than competitive. I like Frank White because he reminds me of a time when the Royals were great. We are not privy to why Frank White's contract was not renewed. He was a fill in for Paul Splittorff when Splittorff went down with cancer. Paul Splittorff spent years perfecting his craft as a color commentator. White did not have nearly the experience of a professional broadcaster that Splittorff had. As much as I like White, it's business.

1983Hawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Good to see PR flacks from the Royals' front office are on their toes monitoring all the modern media platforms on behalf of their boss. If only Dayton could put as much effort into acquiring or developing decent starting pitching as he does to cultivating his image and seeing that it is doggedly defended online.

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 5 months ago

who is going to tell me EVERY GAME how important bunting is if Frank White is gone?

wiolfial 6 years, 5 months ago

Good riddance,too bad Goldberg and especially Lefever didn't get the ax also.

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