Headlines.jpg

T-Bones announce 2017 coaching staff

04/17/2017 2:12 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones and manager Joe Calfapietra have announced the club’s coaching staff for the 2017 season. Bill Sobbe and Frank White are returning for their sixth season each, while Darin Gorski and Ed Ott will be joining the team for the first time.

“We have a great mix of valuable coaches on this staff,” said T-Bones Vice-President and General Manager Chris Browne. “I can’t say enough about the contributions to the staff and organization that Bill Sobbe and Frank White have made over the years. We are lucky to have them. Then, with Darin Gorski following in former T-Bone Greg Bicknell’s shoes as a player/pitching coach and the addition of Ed Ott for spring training, this should be a solid staff.

“Like me, I know Joe is excited to start working with these guys.”

Sobbe, who joined the T-Bones as bench coach before the 2012 season, and then served as the pitching coach for the past three seasons, will move to hitting coach/catching instructor for 2017. For 20 seasons, 1984-2003, Sobbe was the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen catcher, working with some of the organization’s best pitchers including Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Danny Jackson, Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery. Sobbe played three seasons, 1979-81, in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization, reaching Double-A in ’81. Sobbe, who started a career in education in 1982, spent more than 15 years in the nearby Park Hill School District as a coach, athletic director and assistant principal, before retiring in 2013.

White, a Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame player, returns for his sixth season as the T-Bones’ first base coach. White enjoyed an 18-year playing career, 1973-90, when he established himself as one of the top second basemen in baseball. He was an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, the MVP of the 1980 ALCS, and batted cleanup during the 1985 World Series. White’s coaching career began in 1992 in the Boston organization. He was the Royals’ first base coach from 1997-2001, and then managed Double-A Wichita from 2004-06.

Gorski, 29 (10-06-87), will be a player-coach for the T-Bones this season, replacing Sobbe as the team’s pitching coach. As a pitcher, the left-handed Gorski, who’s 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, has played the majority of his eight-year career in the New York Mets’ organization. In 2016, splitting time between Triple-A Las Vegas and Somerset of the independent Atlantic League, Gorski went a combined 10-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 129 innings. Gorski, whom the Mets picked in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of Pennsylvania, has spent most of his time in Triple-A. He has a career record of 62-45 with a 4.07 ERA in 187 games (163 starts). He has struck out 809 and walked 350.

Ott, who coached with Calfapietra in New Jersey, will join the T-Bones as a special assignment coach in 2017, working with the club during spring training. Ott spent eight seasons as a catcher in the major leagues, 1974-81, most notably with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a career .259 hitter with 465 hits, 33 home runs, 195 RBIs and 196 runs scored in 567 games.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Browse by Month »

October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007