Dayton Moore and Ned Yost discuss the 2012 season
General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost met with the media on Thursday morning for a season-ending press conference.
The major news of the press conference involved the club’s coaching staff. Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer will not return in 2013. First base coach Rusty Kuntz, third base coach Eddie Rodriguez, bench coach Chino Cadahia and pitching coach Dave Eiland have been retained. The club will also be hiring a bullpen coach as former coach Steve Foster became the club’s minor league pitching coordinator and a special assistant on August 31. Yost says that the Royals have good in-house candidates, though no decision is imminent.
As for the change in the hitting coach, Yost noted that Seitzer’s philosophy was a middle of the field approach. He feels that the Royals need a different approach with their young power hitters to bring more out of the offense. Moore said that Seitzer is one of the most gifted coaches that he has been around and a person with incredible passion.
Yost saw a lot of good things in the 2012 season, though it did not reflect in the club’s wins and losses. He believes that the Royals have a solid nucleus going into the winter (more so than in his past two winters as manager). He believes that the club is poised to take a step forward and noted that things can improve quickly, as it did for the Oakland Athletics this season.
Moore mentioned that he is proud of the way that the players handled themselves in the clubhouse in the community. The players worked hard every single day and just need to produce at a more consistent rate.
When asked about first-year pitching coach Dave Eiland, Yost commented that he helped the staff develop a new swagger. The goal early in the year was to develop Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino. Both pitchers had strong starts to the season before suffering injuries. Yost also noted the development of reliever Tim Collins, who cut his walk total while also setting a strikeout record for Royals lefty relievers.