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.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.
Earlier, Craig asked if Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber would play the outfield now that the World Series has come to Chicago, where there will be no DH. The answer to that is no, it appears. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said that Schwarber has not been medically cleared to play the outfield, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.
Schwarber returned to the Cubs sooner than expected after suffering a fully-torn ACL and LCL in his left leg during an early April collision with teammate Dexter Fowler in Arizona. In preparation to join the Cubs for the World Series, Schwarber went to the Arizona Fall League and reportedly saw over 1,000 pitches from machines as well as Single-A pitchers. He doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat as he went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (that was very nearly a home run) in Game 1, then drew a walk and hit two RBI singles in five plate appearances in Game 2.
At least right now, however, it appears Schwarber will serve as a bat off the bench for Games 3, 4, and 5 until he gets medical clearance.