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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Two years, two sports, too bad, Pat White

By Tim Graham

The dateline on the Associated Press story is Surprise, Ariz.

And who'd a thunk it?

Pat White
According to the Associated Press, former Dolphins QB Pat White has retired from baseball.
In the span of less than two years, second-round draft choice Pat White not only couldn't stick with the Miami Dolphins, but also has dropped an entirely different sport.

White didn't show up for spring training with the Kansas City Royals and has informed the team he's retiring from baseball.

The Dolphins had big expectations when they drafted White 44th overall out of West Virginia in 2009. He was a dual-threat quarterback, brought in to augment their chic Wildcat offense. Only he wasn't a strong enough runner or an accurate enough passer in the NFL.

White played 13 games his rookie season. He ran 21 times for 81 yards. Take out his longest attempt of 33 yards and he averaged 2.4 yards a carry. White didn’t complete any of his five pass attempts and was sacked once.

White's 2010 training camp began mysteriously. He showed up a day late. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel spoke to White's brother, who informed the paper he was dealing with a serious off-field issue that never came to light.

The Dolphins waived White as part of their final cuts, opting not to keep a fourth quarterback in addition to Chad Henne, Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen.

White turned to baseball, with the Royals assigning him to their Fall Instructional League.

He'd been selected in the Major League Baseball draft four times: fourth round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2006, 24th round by the Angels in 2007, seventh round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 and the 48th round by the New York Yankees in 2009.