2 Total Updates since September 10, 2010
about 2 years ago Update 0 comments
Pat White won't be making a run at Major League Baseball after all.
White, the former Miami Dolphins quarterback, signed with the Kansas City Royals last year in an attempt to try his hand at baseball after his stint at the Dolphins QB didn't work out.
He was sent to the Royals instructional league at that point but, when spring training rolled around this month, he didn't show up. The Associated Press reports the Royals have confirmed White has informed the team he is retiring from baseball.
White was probably a long shot anyway as he had been in the NFL the previous two years. It's unclear why he retired or what his plan is now but he won't be in a Royals uniform apparently.
White was originally the Dolphins second round pick in 2009 and the pick came as a surprise to some. The Dolphins ran a version of the Wildcat offense so White's presence made some sense but ultimately it didn't work out as he played in just 13 games.
White didn't have any bites while he was on the NFL free agent market last September so I can't imagine he'll be returning to the NFL.
over 2 years ago Update 0 comments
The Kansas City Royals on Friday officially announced the arrival of former Miami Dolphins QB Pat White.
"We are excited about the level of interest Pat has in becoming a Major League player and being a Kansas City Royal," Kansas City director of baseball operations Lonnie Goldberg said.
"Any time that you can add an athletic-type player to your organization, you try to do it. We know the NFL may still be an option and we have discussed that with Pat, but are excited that he is open to the idea of playing professional baseball for the Royals."
There's some sort of understanding that the Royals will be flexible if his interest in football returns -- or, more accurate, if an opportunity in football comes.
White was released last week by the Dolphins and didn't draw any interest from the around the league. He's shown very little since coming into the league but he was still a second round pick just a year ago so the lack of interest is somewhat surprising.
over 2 years ago Update 2 comments
That headline is not a typo.
Florio reports that it'll be a minor league deal with the Royals and that the team understands "that White remains interested in playing football, and they will be flexible in letting him return to football if/when an opportunity arises."
With no one signing him since he's been released in the last week it could be an indication that he needs a year in the CFL or UFL.
An interesting connection here is that White was selected by the Bill Parcells-led Dolphins. Parcells is the father-in-law to Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, who of course shares a parking lot with Royals GM Dayton Moore. Pioli said months ago on a Royals telecast that he does like to talk to leaders of other organizations like Moore.
This isn't the first time baseball has entered the picture for White as he was drafted a few times while in college including most recently by the Yankees in 2009.
White was known as a run-first quarterback in college at West Virginia. He was selected in the second round by the Miami Dolphins and couldn't ever make the transition to a successful NFL quarterback. The Dolphins released him on Sept. 4, the final day of cut downs.
Since then he hasn't received any bites from other NFL teams, which is presumably the reason he's making the switch to baseball.