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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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  1. 10

    brewbaby

    People miss the point. Frank wasn’t fired for his negativity on the air, he was fired for his negativity off camera. Frank has been known as a complainer since early in his playing days. He was a Prima Donna who had a “bitchy” attitude. If he doesn’t get his way, he is not going to be happy. Lets see all the teams lining up for his services now.

    Bottom line: Frank White whined himself out of a sweet gig because he felt entitled. You know what Frank? You haven’t been exceptional at anything since the 80’s. Welcome to the real world. Try dealing with it like everyone else.

  2. 9

    lautrec

    He was a little on the negative side. I basically overlooked it because he did have a way of linking the history of Royals with the current crop. I’ll miss that. However, a nice bantering partner to play off Ryan Lafever, uuhhm, Lafebrerve,,uh,,Lefeev,,,hmm,,La Fav-Ray,,,whatever his name is,,would be nice.

  3. 8

    Paul

    I feel the literal exact opposite about Frank White as David does. I thought he did great as the analyst. I think people should subscribe to MLB.tv for just one month and instead of watching a Royals game, listen to some of the other clowns teams have as analysts who have been with the teams for years and years. Most of them are either boring as hell, or they have no idea who anybody in a farm system is except maybe the top prospect. Frank talks about guys he coached, or saw at spring training. He talks about what they need to work on, what they’re strengths are. I was surprised this year at how many really great off-camera interviews he had with opposing players or coaches.

    I think it’s really sad that the Royals cannot stand to have a former legend in the booth explaining to fans how players should be developed. I actually thought that he held his tongue an awful lot, seeing as how Ned Yost is not exactly the best game manager. I actually think this is one of those moves that could have a karmic effect years down the road.

    Lastly, Frank White was fired. He is in Royals HOF. He earned the right to say whatever the hell he wants since he was helping put this team in the playoffs when Dayton was still using Clearasil.

  4. 7

    Clint Scoles

    Marisols you couldn’t be more wrong about Steven Davis he is easily the worst radio announcer in the system. Sadak absolutely kills Davis

  5. 6

    Marisols papi

    Thank you for writing this piece. I, too, have been a fan of White for as long as I can remember but particularly for the couple of years I was at 2nd base. However, his being a phenomenal 4 and a native son simply does not mean that he is magically a perfect fit for the booth. I got so tired of hearing him AND Lefebvre this year that I listened to the radio broadcast whenever possible and often enjoyed the opposing team’s broadcasters, as well, generally wishing they were calling games for us. Lefebvre often was such an asshole, particularly to Frank (likely his anxiety disorder–unfortunately, I know all too well that of which I speak), while Frank was simply inept.

    Though I don’t feel that one complaining of a problem is necassarily required to provide a solution, I do offer one: Steven Davis (Bob Davis’ son, currently calling the NWA games) and Monty. That’s a pair I would look forward to hearing.

  6. 5

    Clint Scoles

    I disagree with you Dave. Did the Royals go to Brett for a paycut? No. Is Frank the same player that George was? Definitely not but Frank is ten times the ambassador George is to the Royals. Frank lives in Kansas City and as a black man in that community is probably every bit as valuable to the hometown team as George. I think its just another evidence of penny pinching on the Glass’ part.

    In the end whether it was GMDM’s fault or someone on the TV side or whoever Glass is the owner of the team and could’ve made them play nice with Frank as an ambassador to the team. He was just looking for a cheap way out. Walmart way.

    The other thing that irks me in this whole deal is how arrogant these guys were that they never felt like they needed to ask Frank anything about defense or how he could help some of these players defensively. We’ve watched years of defensive futility on this team and they were too good to ask a gold glove winner if they could help some of the guys out. That’s plain arrogant.

    I’m a New England Patriots fan and the two owners of the teams I root for couldn’t be any more opposite. Kraft builds a fan experience from investing in the stadium and the restaurants and mall around Foxboro to treating the former players like gold and welcoming them back with open arms. As well as being forward thinking and involving media in every aspect of the team and making sure fans can overload themselves with extra internet radio shows on top of what the Boston media offers.

    It’s just too bad Glass is too busy looking at the bottom line to realize that sometimes a dollar spent can bring back many more dollars in return.

  7. 4

    ilroyalfan

    Actually DL I think most people who are die hard fans of the organization will agree with you. I was in elementary school and high school during the Royals big run (from 1975-1985) and Frank White was and is my favorite player from those teams. Probably like most people, I could never learn to hit like Brett, but maybe I could learn to field like White (of course that was some pie-in-the-sky also).

    That being said, Frank has turned into the “Do you know who I am?” type of person. I believe that the Royals and FSKC were entirely justified. Yes, they definitely could have handled the entire situation better, but letting Frank go was probably the right move. Hopefully, after a good whine, he comes back in some capacity as an ambassador.

    Also, I agree with elchupanibre’s comment. Can we please get rid of Bob Davis now. Get a whole new broadcasting team, starting with Steve Stewart. Davis is irritating to Mizzou fans anyway, but just as a broadcaster he makes me cringe at least twice an inning.

  8. 3

    jim fetterolf

    I thought Mr. White should have gotten the manager job instead of Hillman, but also thought he should have fulfilled his five year commitment in Wichita, which would have put him in the mix strongly when Hillman was fired. Frank is coming across now as petulant, childish, and entitled and it doesn’t flatter him at all. He is, after all, free to go to work somewhere else as broadcaster, coach, or front office. Best of luck to him, time to move on.

  9. 2

    elchupanibre

    While the Royals probably didn’t handle the situation very gracefully (big shocker), Frank was not a very good broadcaster and I have no issue with the Royals letting him go, regardless of what excuse they gave him.

    Hopefully Bob Davis is the next target on the “We’re letting you go because you’re too… uh… negative, yeah that’s it!” list.

  10. 1

    discolando

    You’re not alone in thinking Frank isn’t an innocent party in all of this. It seems he’s had issues going back to his playing days and the rumblings that he wanted to be treated as Brett’s equal without being nearly as good of a player.

    I say this being a huge Frank White fan… but right now I’m a bigger fan of the franchise and where they’re headed. If I’m forced to choose between the 2012 Royals and Frank White, sorry Frank. I’ll love you but I’d rather look forward than in the past.

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