by John Viril—
After the Kansas City Royals lost 19 of 23 games during the month of May, including an 8-game losing streak, the season looked done. At 21-29, statistical projections gave them less than a 5% chance of making the playoffs. More importantly, management seemed out of answers about how to pull out of the slump. The low point came May 23 when general manager Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star, “we’re going to expect to get better. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Not only were the Royals getting their brains beat in on the field, no one in the front office had any idea how to fix it.
After losing six more games, franchise icon George Brett had enough. He accepted Dayton Moore’s offer to take over as hitting coach after having turned down the job multiple times since his retirement in 1993. The Royals announced the new hire Thursday afternoon, May 30. That night, they broke an 8-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals.
However, Brett’s return didn’t imm...