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 ...