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Frank White

Frank White

Position(s):
2B, SS, 3B, DH, OF, RF
Born:
October 4, 1950
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
165 lbs
Major League Debut:
6-12-1973 with KCA
Allstar Selections:
1977 GG, 1978 GG, 1979 GG, 1980 ALCS, 1980 GG, 1981 GG, 1982 GG, 1986 GG, 1986 SS, 1987 GG

Intro

Silky-smooth Frank White won eight Gold Glove Awards for his stellar play at second base. In his first 11 seasons as a regular, the Royals advanced to the post-season seven times. In 1980, White was named Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series, when he hit .545 with six hits and three RBI in Kansas City's three-game sweep of the Yankees. White spent all of his 18 seasons as a member of the Royals, earning five All-Star births and a Sliver Slugger Award to go along with his defensive honors. His range on artificial turf was unmatched in his era.

Quotes About

"You watch Frank at second base every day and you realize how good he is. He's got super range. He's very quick. He has sure hands, and he can throw and make the double play. I don't think anybody, anywhere, is his equal on the artificial turf." — Whitey Herzog

Quotes From

"I don't feel inferior when people think of me as a gloveman, but as far as I'm concerned, guys who can make the routine plays are a dime a dozen. I want to be a complete player, a guy who can hit .270 or .280." — in 1977 "I feel I'm the best second baseman in the game. That's the first time I've said it like that, but I'm going to say it a lot more. I'm tired of being humble, of others reaping rewards while I'm on the outside looking in." — in February 1981, speaking of his contract negotiations with the Royals

Replaced By

Terry Shumpert

Best Season

White never hit for a high average and he rarely walked. In 1982, the streaky right-handed hitter batted a career-best .298 with a career-high .469 SLG mark. He slugged 45 doubles, six triples, and 11 homers. He was still one of the best defensive second basemen in the game, if not the best.

Factoid 1

In the early 1970s, the Royals established a Baseball Academy to locate and train prospective baseball players at an early age. Frank White was the best player to come out of the academy, and the only one to have a long big league career.

Strengths

Range and throwing arm

Weaknesses

Getting on base

Feats

In 1977, White played 62 consecutive games without committing an error.

Notes

White led AL second basemen in fielding three times.

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1980 ALCS, 1985 World Series, Frank White, Gold Glove, Kansas City Royals, secondbase

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