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Royals fire Frank White from television broadcast

Dec 2, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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Frank White played his entire 18-season career in Kansas City and has been a full-time analyst on the team’s television broadcasts for the past three years, but the Royals announced today that he won’t be back on the air in 2012.

White resigned from his role as Royals senior advisor last winter after being told he’d have to take a pay cut because television obligations took up much of his time. And now he’s out of that job as well despite the Royals and FOX Sports issuing a statement saying he “performed admirably in the booth.”

No replacement has been named and producer Kevin Shank was let go along with White.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who used to work in Kansas City, says the Royals fired White “because the team thought he was too critical.” In which case they fired White for basically doing a good job, as the Royals have lost 91, 95, and 97 games during the past three seasons.

  1. dohpey28 - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Low class organization all the way. 1st they ruined the waterfalls, now they’ve torpedoed Frank White. They should be ashamed.

  2. DJ MC - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Jon Miller called, said that he knows how White feels.

    That’s the one absolutely unforgivable act of Peter Angelos’ tenure as Orioles owner. Not even multiple championships would fix it.

    (Not that multiple championships look likely to happen anyway…)

    • granted42 - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      People in the Bay Area are extremely thankful for Angelos’ blunder with regard to announcers. We don’t care either way about all his other blunders.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Same thing happened with Steve Stone and the Cubs, and I’m still pissed about the Cubs about that, despite my love for Brenly.

    Frank will get a gig elsewhere. It’s just sad that he has to.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      ‘with’ the Cubs*

  4. kcfanatic - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Frank was also born and raised in KC. He is also an 8 time gold glove award winner.

    • jwbiii - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:18 AM

      IIRC, he also helped build Kauffman Stadium.

  5. dondbaseball - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Now, if could only get the Yankees to follow this opportunity by firing Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling and hiring Frank White! Hated as member of those royals but respect the heck of him as a player!

  6. mgflolox - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    It’s hard to believe now, but the Royals were once the epitome of a classy, intelligently run organization, a lot like the Dodgers and Orioles of the ’70’s. All 3 franchises have fallen so far away form their past glory, it’s almost impossible to remember that they were once regarded as model organizations.

  7. chuckj1234 - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Yeah I am also pissed at the Cubs for firing Steve, They also fired him for being critical and would not let him fly with the team for a few games. Very petty. Guess they want house men to do the games. Which are BORING!

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