Could it be that the rift between the Kansas City Royals and their all-time great second baseman, Frank White, is finally over?
White, who literally helped build Kauffman Stadium before becoming a part of the franchise, is truly ingrained in Royals lore. The best defensive second baseman in American League history, White had his number retired by the franchise, served as a minor league manager and in the front office before his time in the broadcast booth. However, after being let go as a broadcaster, White had refused to come back to Kauffman Stadium, the feud even becoming a minor storyline during the Royals World Series run last year.
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When White was named as a part of the Kansas City Royals Franchise Four, along with George Brett, Dan Quisenberry and Bret Saberhagen, it was fair to wonder if he would participate. Likewise, with the Royals about to celebrate their 30th anniversary of winning the World Series, one had to wonder if White would attend any gatherings commemorating the 1985 squad. Well, not only did White announce that he was going to take part in the reunion at Harrah’s Casino on August 20th, but he would be a part of the Royals Franchise Four festivities.
Perhaps now, White and the Royals are ready to let bygones be bygones. The return of White may even herald a return to the organization in a more formal role. With legends like Brett and Mike Sweeney in the front office, perhaps White could return in such a role as well. He already has experience in the Royals front office, and that type of position would be a great way to help mend the fences.
Frank White was one of the best players in Kansas City Royals history, and may well have been the best player not named George Brett in team history. Hopefully, with this appearance on September 1st, he will officially be back as part of the Royals franchise.