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Today is KC’s first home game since coaching roles were changed last week while the team was in Toronto. Dale Sveum, formerly the third base coach, is now the team’s hitting coach, with previous hitting instructor, Pedro Grifol, re-assigned to catching coach. Mike Jirschele moved into the third base coach role.
According to manager Ned Yost, the objectives set in place by Grifol have not changed even if the voice delivering the instruction has.
“The message isn’t different,” said Yost. “Pedro and Dale have been working closely together all season long. Those of us that have kids understand that you can talk and talk and talk, your next door neighbor says the same thing, and it clicks.”
General manager Dayton Moore said that it is his responsibility to find the right coaching, but that the players must be willing to meet them half way.
“I’m not proud of the fact that we’ve had several changes,” said Moore. “Ned and I have to make sure we find the right voice, the right teachers, to help our players make adjustments.”
Moore said the current roster is talented and experienced enough to “take ownership” of their individual performances.
As for Sveum, Yost touted his perspective and his background, asserting that Sveum is capable of turning around what has been a disappointing offensive campaign thus far in 2014.
“In talking to Dale about it, we were probably looking down in the zone a little bit more than we needed to,” said Yost. “Dale has been a Major League hitting coach. He has three years of experience with a power-hitting club in Milwaukee, and the thing about Dale is, he was a switch hitter. He had to learn how to hit with power from the left side. He always had power from the right side, being a right-handed hitter. But he had to learn to develop it and manufacture power from the left side.”
Sveum was a member of seven different teams over the course of a 12-season playing career in the majors. In 1987, Sveum hit 25 home runs and drove in 95 runs for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2009, with Sveum has his hitting coach, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder enjoyed his best statistical season at the plate, belting 46 home runs and driving in a career-high 141 runs. One year later, Sveum oversaw an offense that included five players with 23-or-more home runs and three players with at least 102 RBI.
By Kolby Paxton
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.
Kuntz to work with Instructional League squad
Rusty Kuntz will travel to Arizona tomorrow to mentor young outfielders and work with players on Kansas City’s Instructional League team. Kuntz will return to his role as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for Player Development officially following the 2010 season. Omaha manager Mike Jirschele, who has been with the club since Friday as an additional coach, will assume first base coaching duties for the remainder of the season.
Yost wants to see players arrive in Kansas City as a polished product and with less need for development once they get here. He believes that Kuntz can help that process as Yost mentioned that Rusty is one of the best outfielder and baserunning coaches he’s ever seen.
Naturals battle for Texas League crown
The NW Arkansas Naturals are facing Midland in a best-of-five series for the Texas League Championship. Game one is tonight in Springdale. Yost is pleased for the squad and believes that the core belief in winning can transition to any level. He talked about his son, Ned IV, who is currently coaching with the Helena Brewers, a Pioneer League playoff entrant. The elder Yost believes that a team should feel the same level of accomplishment in winning their minor league title as they would in winning a World Series. The goal is to be the best in that respective league.
Kyle Davies is having another strong September. He’s 2-0 this month and 9-1 in his last 10 September starts. Yost was asked about Davies’ success and whether he can continue it, no matter what month the calendar says. Yost has seen progress since the All-Star Break, noting that the pitcher has been duplicating his mechanics since the mid-July break.