Rondell White

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rondell White was one of the most under-appreciated players of his generation. Despite being a 1st round draft pick in the 1990 amateur draft, being voted the minor leagues' "most exciting player" and the Montreal Expos' "Top Prospect" in 1992, collecting over 1,500 hits, being just two home runs shy of 200 for his career, and having a postseason batting average of .400 (6 for 15), White was rewarded with only one All-Star Game appearance, when his career was beginning to wind down in 2003, and was seldom, if ever, referenced by the baseball media. Having his best years with the Expos when the team played in a media black hole did not help, nor did his career-long struggle with injuries.

On June 11, 1995, he became the fourth player in Expos history to hit for the cycle. He went 6 for 7 with two singles and two doubles in a 13-inning, 10-8 win over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park that day. He completed the cycle with a triple off Steve Mintz with two outs and no one on, igniting a two-run game-winning rally.

He had a cameo in a sketch on Saturday Night Live, on December 13, 1997. He became eligible for election to the Hall of Fame in 2013 but did not receive any votes and was dropped from the ballot.

He had a brother, Floyd White, Jr., who was drafted the year before him but never played in pro ball. He was the son-in-law of Jerry Manuel and brother-in-law of Anthony Manuel at one time.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (2003)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1997, 1999 & 2003)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Michael Huber: "Rondell is White Hot; June 11, 1995: Montreal Expos 10, San Francisco Giants 8 At Candlestick Park", in Norm King, ed.: Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016, pp. 106-108. ISBN 978-1-943816-15-6

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