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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 open a huge series with Texas Rangers tonight.
The Rangers are similar to the Royals in the fact they like have runners on the move on the base paths. They come in second in the A.L. in steals with 132 trailing only the Royals who have 147.
Before the game manager Ned Yost met with the media to discuss tonight’s game. He was asked if Texas’ running game will offer a challenge to the KC’s pitchers and catchers.
“Not really. They are a team that runs more than most of the teams we face but with Salvy behind the plate we feel it gives us advantage in situations like that.” Yost added, “He makes you really think twice about when you are going to pick your spots and run. Again, a lot of it is predicated on the pitcher and how fast he can deliver the ball to Salvy.”
The last time the Royals and Rangers met was in early June in Texas. At that same time, Pedro Grifol became the team’s hitting coach. The Royals skipper was asked what his hitting coach has brought to the club.
“He is extremely organized and on top of everything. He pays strict attention to detail. He has an answer for every question the players have, whether that be about opposing pitchers or splits. He is very honest the guys, which is great trait. Quite frankly he does what a good coach does, he gets the best out of them,” said Yost.
By Kent Klooster
Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media this evening prior to the series finale with the Baltimore Orioles. Ned first commented on today’s news of the George Brett stepping down as the club’s hitting coach. “George is a tremendous asset to our organization, to have him here for two months was fun, it was a great experience for not only me and the coaches, but the players too, and we respect his decision.” Brett will return to his position as Vice President – Baseball Operations, and plans to work with the players before home games for the remainder of the season. Pedro Grifol assumes the role of hitting coach today, after working as a special assistant for the past two months.
Yost then addressed what he will be looking for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to do tonight against a potent Orioles’ lineup. “That’s the idea, try not to let them get too much damage and then limit (it). Jeremy always does that, he commands the baseball he changes speeds and he changes locations. If you do that you’re going to have a good chance of keeping us in the ball game, and giving us a chance to win.”
Yost concluded the media conference by discussing the significance of the club’s chance to reach the .500 mark for the very tough 20-game and six series stretch that had them meeting five teams with winning records. “I think that was important, going in to it that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to get through this twenty-game stretch and keep our head above water. Aside from that one series (Cleveland) we’ve played pretty good baseball against some very very tough teams. I thought it was important for us to play good during that twenty-game stretch and we’ve had games that we wish we could have back and we played some really good exciting games against some great teams.”
The Royals begin a nine-game road trip in Chicago tomorrow night against the White Sox.
By Henry Wear
The Royals today announced that George Brett will step down as interim hitting coach and Pedro Grifol will take over the duties of hitting coach. Brett, who accepted the coaching role on May 30, will return to his previous position of Vice President-Baseball Operations.
“George did an incredible job,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “His expertise as a baseball man and his passion to win will have an everlasting effect on our team. I’m thrilled that he will be more involved in all aspects of baseball operations.”
“My lifelong passion after playing was not to be a hitting coach, but Dayton asked me if I would consider it, and I did, but only on the promise that it would be on an interim basis,” said Brett. “There is a ton of talent here and doing this for almost two months has prepared me to be a better advisor to Dayton and his staff. This has been an unbelievable experience for me and now I’m energized to contribute more to this organization as I return to my non-uniformed role.”
The Royals today announced that George Brett and Pedro Grifol will assume the interim hitting coach and special assignment coach roles, respectively, effective tonight when the Royals play in St. Louis at 7:15 p.m. In a corresponding move, the Royals have reassigned coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David to the minor league organization.
“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 Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “First of all, I can’t thank Jack and Andre enough for accepting this challenge with the Major League club. They are both tremendously knowledgeable and hard working men who have already made our organization stronger by their work in the system. 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. We’ve also added Pedro Grifol, who brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and will work various aspects of the coaching staff.”
Brett, 60, is the Royals’ all-time hit leader with 3,154 during a playing career that spanned 1973-1993 and was capped with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. His familiar #5 was retired by the organization on May 14, 1994. He is the only player in Major League history to win batting titles in three different decades, winning the American League crown in 1976, 1980 and 1990. His 1980 season will always be remembered for his run at the elusive .400 mark, finishing the campaign with a .390 average and winning the American League Most Valuable Player Award. A 13-time All-Star, Brett is the club’s all-time leader in every offensive category with the exception of stolen bases. He was also a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for his work at third base. Retired as a player following the ’93 season, this is Brett’s first-ever in-season coaching role in baseball. He has served as a Vice President of Baseball Operations since his retirement and has worked on the field during spring training for the organization.
Grifol, 43, is in his first year in the Royals’ organization, initially assigned as the hitting coach for the Surprise Royals. He joined Kansas City after 13 seasons in the Seattle chain, serving most recently as manager for High Desert (A) in 2012. Previous roles have included area scout, manager at Everett (2003-05), Coordinator of Instruction (2006-08) and Director of Minor League Operations (2008-11). Pedro was also on the Mariners’ major league staff for the second half of the 2010 season. He was also the Winter League manager this past year for the Venezuela squad where Alcides Escobar played. A Florida native, Grifol was the Florida State High School Player of the Year in 1988 out of Christopher Columbus High School and then helped Florida State University to the College World Series in 1989 and 1991, earning All-America honors in ’91.