KANSAS CITY, Mo. - George Brett has stepped down as the interim hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals.
Brett plans to return to his role as Vice President of Baseball Operations. When discussing Thursday's announcement, the hall-of-famer got quite emotional.
"I just thought it was time for me to move on," Brett said while visibly choking up. "I am very, very thankful to (Royals General Manager) Dayton (Moore) and to the organization for having confidence in me to come and try to revamp and awaken the offense. I think we did that to a degree."
Since Brett took over the role of hitting coach in late May, the Royals 26-22 and have the second most wins in the AL Central. Only the division leading Detroit Tigers have won more.
"This was a tremendous experience for me. After being gone from the game for 20 years, to have an opportunity to once again put on a uniform, it was special," said Brett.
Moore says when he first asked Brett about the job, the Royals were in desperate need of hitting help.
"We needed rescued a bit mentally. We were struggling a great deal and my conversations with George were if he could come in and help us for a short period of time and do everything we can to lay a foundation for our young hitters," Moore said.
During Thursday's news conference, Moore stressed Brett will still be involved with the team and with it's operations.
"I'm just excited that his involvement is going to go deeper in the future and it's going to enhanced and he's going to be a part of everything we do in baseball operations from the bottom up," said Moore.
Pedro Grifol will take over as hitting coach for the Royals.