Royals name Wakamatsu and Jirschele to coaching staff
The Royals have named former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and long-time Omaha manager Mike Jirschele to the Major League coaching staff. Wakamatsu will serve as the Royals’ bench coach and catching instructor after working as a special assignment scout for the New York Yankees during the 2013 season. Jirschele, who has managed KC’s Triple-A affiliate in Omaha since 2003, will carry the title of Major League coach. Dale Sveum, who was added to the Major League staff on October 3, will serve as third base coach and also oversee infield instruction.
With the most recent hires, the Royals have finalized their coaching staff for the 2014 season. Wakamatsu, Jirschele and Sveum will join manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff along with returnees Dave Eiland (pitching), Pedro Grifol (hitting), Rusty Kuntz (first base/outfield/baserunning) and Doug Henry (bullpen). Head athletic trainer Nick Kenney and the entire Royals’ training staff will also return for the 2014 season.