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On Wednesday, I wrote that the Royals were in denial, seemingly unable to admit that change was necessary.
Well, they admitted it Thursday, admitted it in a big way by naming Hall of Famer George Brett as their interim hitting coach.
Whether Brett will succeed in his new role is an open question. The effect on manager Ned Yost also will be interesting, seeing as how it was Yost who sought the firing of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer at the end of last season.
The Royals reassigned the two coaches they hired to replace Seitzer, Jack Maloof and Andre David, to the minor leagues. But one rival executive believes that the hiring of Brett actually will buy Yost more time, reasoning that the Royals will want to see how the team responds to such a dramatic step.
Yost, in the final year of his contract, still will be in trouble if the Royals fail to snap out of their funk; the team has lost eight straight games and 19 of its last 23. As usual, Jim Fregosi is a hot name in scouting circles as a potential replacement; Fregosi, a special assistant with the Braves, is essentially a scout himself.
This time, though, a Fregosi candidacy might not be far-fetched. Royals general manager Dayton Moore previously was with the Braves, as were a number of other members of the Royals' baseball operation. What's more, Fregosi's son, Jim Fregosi Jr., is a special assistant to Moore.
Fregosi Sr., 71, has not managed since 2000. In the view of the rival exec, he would be to the Royals what Jack McKeon was to the 2003 World Series champion Marlins, a guy who has been there, done that, doesn't need the job and doesn't care what players think.
Does Fregosi know the Royals' players? Obviously not. But he's at least familiar with them from scouting them, and it wouldn't take him long to learn the team. His primary responsibility would be managing the game, and that should not be a problem.
Ah, but we're getting ahead of ourselves.
The Royals first want to see if Brett can make an impact with their hitters, specifically struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
They've gone from denial to desperation. And this shakeup might not be their last.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Near the top of the frustration list for Kansas City Royals fans is the complete lack of power from the team's lineup over the last two years.
The Royals finished tied for last in 2012 in home runs with just 131, and perhaps not coincidentally, they were 12th in runs scored.
So, manager Ned Yost decided a switch in hitting philosophy was in order. Out went...
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie helped the grounds crew get the field ready during a long rain delay in the ninth inning of Thursday night's game at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Guthrie started the game and pitched six innings, giving up only two runs, but was still in position to take the loss after eight innings until the Royals took him off the...
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The Royals announced on Thursday that George Brett will return to the team's bench for the first time since he retired in 1993.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Frustrations are mounting for the Royals as the team dropped its seventh straight game overall, and its 10th straight at home, tying a club record it set in April 2012.
As Royals manager Ned Yost was finishing his postgame press conference following a dismal 4-1 loss to St. Louis, he was asked how he was going to hold his struggling offense accountable for another...
Your browser does not support iframes.The Royals and Cardinals were up "burning the midnight oil" Thursday night.The intrastate rivals played deep into the early morning hours of Friday after a pair of lengthy rain delays pushed the game's ending to around three o'clock local time. The game itself took just 2 hours and 27 minutes while the two delays combined to...
And so it goes when a team is cemented in a funk: Instead of a new hero each night who secures a victory, there is virtually a new culprit instead who contributes heavily toward a defeat.
Wednesday night it was right-hander Aaron Crow, who entered the eighth inning with a somewhat comfortable 3-1 against St. Louis. But Crow spit back the lead quickly and thoroughly...
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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...
My poor Kansas City Royals. They are in historically bad slump – which as any Royals fan in the last 25+ years will tell you, is really saying something. They have lost eight in a row, and 19 of their last 23. After spending most of April in first place, they are now in last. The post Top Ten Ways to Help the Royals Win Again appeared first on No Coast Bias.
The Royals and Cardinals should have known something was up when the first pitch was delayed an hour by rain.
The game moved quickly after that - right up until the top of the ninth inning, with the Royals leading and the rain back in force. Umpire crew chief Joe West had a decision to make.
With the game the last one between the two teams this season, a new rule added this year...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer combined for three RBIs in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen and the Kansas City Royals spoiled Michael Wacha's almost spotless debut, snapping an eight-game losing streak with a rain-delayed 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Hall of Famer George Brett's debut as interim batting...
(AP) -- The Texas Rangers appear to be back on track offensively. Staying that way could prove to be a challenge against one of the toughest starters in the league.
The AL West-leading Rangers try for their third straight win and fourth in a row at home when they face James Shields and the road-weary Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Since totaling 10 runs during a three-game losing...
Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost ran into trouble earlier this week when he stopped to watch the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp.Yost said he just wanted to stop by and send his greetings to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid when he found the team was practicing. He was immediately surrounded by team security before he was able to retreat back to where he came from.“I almost got arrested...
ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers' offense got in gear and they ended their longest losing streak of the season.
After much delay, so did the Kansas City Royals, who still need to improve their offense under interim hitting coach George Brett.
The AL West-leading Rangers and Royals meet for the first time this season Friday night in Arlington.
Losers of three straight...
Stats from May 29th vs Royals
- the Cardinals won their 6th straight against the Royals their longest streak against the Royals is 7 (2003-2005)
- the Cardinals 6 straight interleague wins are tied for 2nd most in franchise history
CARDINALS LONGEST INTERLEAGUE WIN STREAKS
2004-2005 12 STRAIGHT
- Matt Adams was in a 1-for-18...