Kansas City Royals name George Brett as interim hitting coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals announced Thursday they have brought on Hall of Famer George Brett as the interim hitting coach.

The move comes as hitting coach Jack Maloof and assistant hitting coach Andre David were reassigned to the minor league organization.

The Royals, mired in an eight-game losing streak, haven't scored more than three runs in their last six games. They're near the bottom of the league in runs, walks, homers, RBIs and just about every other hitting metric.

"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.

Brett, 60, will serve in a coaching capacity for the first time in his long career in Kansas City. He has served as a Vice President of Baseball Operations with the Royals since his retirement in 1993.

"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," Moore said.

Brett has helped the Royals in spring training for years, but has turned down full-time job offers -- including opportunities to manage -- because he didn't want to deal with the daily grind.

Pedro Grifol was also named the major league special assignment coach, the Royals announced Thursday.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report

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