June 23, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 58, Jeff Bagwell (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

In Kansas City, at what is now Kauffman Stadium, there’s a statue of Frank White just beyond right field. People not from Kansas City might not get that. White hit just .255 in his career, though he got better as the years went along. He stole a few bases. Yes, non-Royals fans might know about his defense — he did win eight Gold Gloves as the Royals’ second baseman — but they probably don’t know it the way Kansas Citians do.

In Kansas City, it’s simply accepted fact: Nobody played second base quite like White.

Why? Well, you see, White spent most of his career playing on Kansas City’s artificial turf, which was one of the world’s most…

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