Frank White was let go as the Royals television announcer and then had a very ugly breakup with the organization as a whole, but now the 63-year-old former five-time All-Star is spending his time running for political office.
Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star reports that White is running for Jackson County Legislature in his home neighborhood. And here’s the fun part, via Hendricks: “The Legislature has oversight over the Truman Sports Complex, where the Royals play their home games.”
That should be fun! Not so long ago White said of the Royals’ ballpark: “I’ll never set foot in that place again. I’m done with the Royals. I just can’t do it.”
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: