George Brett, a Hall of Fame third baseman whose 3,154 hits are the most in Kansas City Royals history, has taken over as the team’s interim hitting coach amid an eight-game losing streak.
Brett, 60, has been the Royals’ vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player following the 1993 Major League Baseball season and has assisted the club during spring training. This will be his first in-season coaching role.
Kansas City is in last place in the American League’s Central Division with a 21-29 record after losing eight games in a row and 12 of its last 13. The Royals, who are 4-19 after a 17-10 start to the season, have scored the third-fewest runs in the AL and their 28 homers are the second-fewest in the majors ahead of the Miami Marlins.
“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,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “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.”
Brett is the only major leaguer in history to win batting titles in three decades, having topped the AL in 1976, 1980 and 1990. He ranks 16th all-time in career hits.
Former hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David were reassigned to the Royals’ minor-league organization.