The Kansas City Royals have a new hitting coach. George Brett spent all 21 of his major league seasons with the Kansas City Royals and finished his career with a .305/.369/.487 line. Brett retired with 3,154 hits and 317 home runs in 2,707 games.
Brett will be tasked to turn around a team which began the season with high expectations but has struggled of late.
Thus far Brett has been named an interim option. He was not the only promotion by the Royals as Pedro Grifol has been promoted to a special assignment coach role.
Kansas City announced on twitter the fate of the two that Brett and Grifol have replaced.
In a corresponding move, the #Royals have reassigned coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David to the minor league organization.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 30, 2013
“Obviously things have not gone as we would have expected, and in light of the downturn in offensive production and poor results, we’ve decided to make a change,” general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.
The Royals are hitting .261 this season, ranking eighth in the AL but are 13th among the 15 teams in runs scored with 199 and last in home runs with 28.