Royals name Steve Foster bullpen coach

The Kansas City Royals have announced that Steve Foster will join the Major League staff as bullpen coach for the 2010 season.

Foster, 43, served in the same capacity for the Florida Marlins from 2007-2009.  Under Foster and Pitching Coach Mark Wiley’s watch, the Marlins bullpen posted the ninth-best ERA in baseball in 2009 at 3.83.  Prior to his time on the Major League staff, Foster spent two seasons as a pitching coach at Class-A Greensboro in the Florida chain.  Foster has also served as a scout with Tampa Bay and worked collegiately as both a head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a pitching coach at the University of Michigan.

In his playing days, the right-hander made 59 Major League appearances for the Cincinnati Reds from 1991-1993, going 3-3 with a 2.41 ERA before several arm injuries derailed his career.  He was a member of a dominant Reds bullpen that featured three pitchers known as the Nasty Boys – Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers.  A 12th round selection of the Reds in the 1988 Draft out of the University of Texas-Arlington, Foster was a two-time all-state pitcher for DeSoto (TX) High.

Born in Dallas, Foster currently resides in Frisco, Texas.  He and his wife, Cori, have two children: son, Casey, and daughter, Lauren.  We welcome Steve to the club!

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