Royals add George Brett as hitting coach

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In an attempted to lift the Royals out of their recent slip, the Royals have hired Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett as a hitting coach.  Some might say that a move like this appears desperate.  The truth is that is exactly what the Royals are at the moment.  Brett is officially an interim coach, however, if George makes progress with the young Royals’ squad, they might think about holding on to him.  All the same, Brett will have to enjoy the position a great deal before he would agree to jump out of retirement.  He is only sixty years young with plenty of baseball mojo left in him.

Brett will join Pedro Grifol as an interim hitting coach.  As a result, Jack Maloof and Andre David (the former Royals’ hitting coaches) have been moved to Triple-A.  These changes take effect tonight as Kansas City concludes their series with Saint Louis at 7:15 PM.

“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,” said general manager Dayton Moore.  “I’m thankful that this organization has one of the greatest hitters and more importantly, one of the greatest competitors our game has ever seen in George Brett, and he has accepted our offer to join the coaching staff on an interim basis,” he added.  “We’ve also added Pedro Grifol, who brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and will work various aspects of the coaching staff.”

George believes the best way to end a hitting slump is to have as much fun as possible.  He expounded, “Sometimes when I was looking for my swing,” he said, “I’d say nobody is going to have more fun than me.  Like, I’d be the first one in the dugout for nine innings.  Next thing you know, you get two hits in a game.”

Dayton Moore also gave props to Jack Maloof and Andre David for their hard work.  “They are both tremendously knowledgeable and hard-working men,” he said, “who have already made our organization stronger by their work in the system.”

I myself do not believe that Brett will make an impact over night, but through time, this move could prove beneficial.  George played twenty years in the big leagues in which his competitive nature was shown.  He will definitely not be phased if early struggles take place.

As for Pedro Grifol, he is forty-three and has been involved in the Seattle organization for the past thirteen seasons.  He began this season as a hitting coach for the Arizona Rookie League.