Royals drop 17-year veteran White


October 26, 1990

Kansas City Royals general manager Herk Robinson has told second baseman Frank White, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, he won't be offered a contract with the team for the 1991 season, making the 17-year veteran a free agent. White, 40, was a part-time player in 1990, hitting .216 in 82 games with two home runs and 21 RBI.

White has a .255 career batting average with 2,006 hits, 160 home runs and 886 RBI; was a member of the American League All-Star team five times; and shares the all-time lead in Gold Gloves won by second basemen with Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates at eight. White won Gold Gloves from 1976 through 1982, then won the award again in 1986 and 1987.

* TIGERS: Pitcher Jack Morris, who has been offered salary arbitration, will not exercise his option for 1991, so as not to prejudice his position in baseball's third collusion case, according to his agent, Richard Moss. That means that if the sides cannot agree on a new contract, Morris' salary with Detroit will be determined by an arbitrator.

* METS: Outfielder Darryl Strawberry, who declared for free agency this week, told a Los Angeles radio station that the Dodgers are No. 1 on his shopping list for a new contract.

"If the Dodgers are really, really, really interested in me, I'll be here," the Los Angeles native told KABC. "That would be my No. 1 choice. I mean, playing at home, that's a dream that you always think about."

* REDS: Lou Piniella gives former Cincinnati manager Pete Rose some of the credit for the team's World Series title.

"He brought some of the young kids along," Piniella said Wednesday. "I was lucky. I came to a team that had the talent to win."

Rose managed the Reds until August 1989, when he was banned from baseball for gambling. Rose is serving a five-month prison sentence for income-tax violations.

* RED SOX: Outfielder Ellis Burks was surprised by Dwight Evans' release.

"He was still a productive player," Burks said. "The only thing that got in the way of him having a great year was his back problem. Guys looked up to him. He taught me a lot about staying focused on the game in times when I was going bad."

* ATHLETICS: Utility player Lance Blankenship drove his car through a service-station fence and onto the property of a condominium complex 100 yards from where he lives with his mother about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a Concord (Calif.) Police Department accident report. Sgt. Ray Samuels said no citations were issued because "there has been a civil compromise."

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