T-Bones Add Royals Legend Frank White to Coaching Staff
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City T-Bones have announced that former long-time Kansas City Royals second baseman Frank White has been added to the team’s coaching staff for the 2012 season.
“I am excited to get involved with the T-Bones organization, and to work with the young kids on their roster,” said White in a statement. “Teaching is a passion of mine and I look forward to helping these players become the best that they can be.”
White played for 18 seasons with the Royals from 1973-90. He appeared in five all-star games in that span and was an eight-time Gold Glove award winner, including six straight from 1977-82. White was selected as ALCS MVP in 1980 and was an integral part of the Royals’ 1985 World Series Championship team. He was elected to the Royals Hall of Fame in 1995.
White will continue a coaching career that began in 1992 when he was named manager of the Boston Red Sox’s Gulf Coast League affiliate. He later became first base coach for the Royals from 1997-2001, and eventually moved on to his most recent coaching stint with the Royals former Double-A affiliate, the Wichita Wranglers, where he served as manager from 2004-06.
He had most recently been part of the Royals’s television broadcast team.
White will join manager Tim Doherty’s staff and will serve in a variety of roles from the bench, and as first base coach. He will also work alongside T-Bones Vice President & General Manager, Chris Browne, who first met White during his years as the Royals bat boy and clubhouse attendant.
“I am thrilled to announce that Frank will be joining the T-Bones,” Browne said in a statement. “He will be an asset to Tim, our coaching staff and a great addition to the clubhouse overall. I look forward to seeing #20 in uniform at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and I know our fans will too.”
“I want to thank Chris for thinking of me and making this possible,” White added. “We have a long history together and I think this is a great way for me to give back to the game of baseball. I would also like to thank the T-Bones’ owners, John and Adam Ehlert, and I look forward to working with Tim to help him reach the team’s goals.”