The Kansas City Royals are officially a desperate team. After Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals the Royals have lost eight straight games and have won only 4 of their last 23 games.
Right now K-C stinks.
Manager Ned Yost still is employed but his coaching staff was shook up. Hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David have been reassigned to the Minor Leagues. The Royals announced that Pedro Grifol is joining Kansas City's coaching staff as a special assignment coach but that’s not the big news.
"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," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.
The weak hitting Royals rank eighth in the American League in hitting 10th in on-base percentage but the biggest problem has been a prolonged power outage.
Kansas City rank near the bottom (13th) of the AL in runs and at the bottom in home runs with only 28.
The Royals suits felt it was time to bring in Brett, the Royals’ all-time hit leader (3,154) to see if the Royals legend can apply the paddles to KC’s flat – lined offense.
Then there is the fate of Yost. If shaking up his coaching staff doesn’t work one might think Yost will be next to go.
“I’ve been there before,” Yost said.
Remember Yost was fired by the Milwaukee Brewers right before the end of the 2008 season with the team heading to the playoffs.
“I know the fans are definitely frustrated, but we are, too.” Yost said. “I think we’re all in this together in respect to the frustration level.”
What would ease that frustration other than a win streak? Perhaps seeing Brett in the dugout managing the Royals.