Royals Hall of Famer White returns to The K

Royals Hall of Famer White returns to The K

KANSAS CITY -- Former Royals star Frank White was back at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night for the first time since 2011.

White had not attended a game since a falling out with the Royals when he left their TV broadcasting team.

He and wife Teresa attended the game with friends Jim and Sonya Nutter. He declined a request from the Kansas City Star to be interviewed.

White's No. 20 is one of three numbers retired by the Royals along with George Brett's 5 and Dick Howser's 10. He is a member of the Royals Hall of Fame and won eight Gold Glove Awards at second base. There is a bronze statue of White in a fielding pose in the stadium's outfield walk.

The Star reported that White issued this statement:

"As you can imagine, this is an emotional situation for me. It has been a long time since I've been in the stadium. But I came tonight as a fan, at the invitation of Jim and Sonya Nutter. Teresa and I came out to be with Kansas City's amazing fans and to help cheer these young players on to victory.

"I had the privilege of coaching and managing and getting to know many of them. I really believe they've got the talent and the spirit to take us to those two places we haven't been in so long - the playoffs and the World Series.

"I am excited, for those young guys on the field, and for the all the people of Kansas City and Jackson County who have stuck with the Royals teams through thick and thin, and who have been rewarded, at long last with a season of good and exciting baseball."

White has been coaching for the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent team, and on Aug. 5 won a primary election for the Jackson County Legislature.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.