Frank White is back.
No, not with the Royals.
White will return to the T-Bones for a second season, general manager Chris Browne announced Wednesday. White will occupy the same role he had last summer, serving as the T-Bones’ first-base coach and advising the front office in addition to other roles.
White joined the T-Bones’ staff in 2012 after his broadcasting contract with the Royals — for whom he played 18 seasons, winning eight Gold Gloves — was not renewed. He has since insisted he is “done with the Royals in all aspects.”
Instead, White will again wear No. 20 with the T-Bones of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
“I’m coming back in 2013 because I had a great time with the fans, the front office and the staff — not to mention the relaxed atmosphere was refreshing,” White said.
Browne, who first met White while working as a bat boy for the Royals in 1985, called the decision to renew White’s contract a “no-brainer,” adding that he was a fan favorite at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. White often stayed after the conclusion of home games to sign autographs for fans, Browne said.
“He was a tremendous fit for us — with our coaching staff, our players, the young guys, the veterans,” Browne said. “Having a guy on our (coaching) staff who played in the big leagues, when he tells you something, you stand back and listen.”
In addition to White, the T-Bones announced that pitching coach Andy Shipman and bench coach Bill Sobbe will also return for the 2013 season, which begins with a trip to Wichita on May 16. The home opener is May 18, also against Wichita.
Manager Kenny Hook’s contract was renewed in September. He is entering his third season with the club and second as its manager.
The T-Bones finished 51-49 last season.