Royals Announce George Brett & Pedro Grifol As New Hitting Coaches

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 30, 2013) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that George Brett and Pedro Grifol will assume the interim hitting coach and major league 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.

  For more information, members of the media may contact the Royals Media Relations office at 816-921-8000.

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 Mike Cummings
Assistant Director of Communications | Kansas City Royals

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18 Responses to Royals Announce George Brett & Pedro Grifol As New Hitting Coaches

  1. mike t. says:

    i like the move. but a great hitter doesn’t make a great coach. well see… remember, have some patience!

  2. Greg says:

    I will paraphrase: These hitting coach guys (who failed spectacularly at the major league level) are now going to go to the minors and work on Bubba Starling. Good luck with that.

    Best of wishes to George. If he gets Hosmer off his back side, kudos to George.

    • john says:

      agree. such a royals move. well, you failed with the big club, now go ahead and fail for all of our future talent #28yearsandcounting

  3. nick says:

    Hard to imagine Brett will be a better “coach” than Seitzer, but Brett’s desire to win and to be successful, along with his style, personality and love of the game COULD shake things up for the better.

    I think it’s a really good move by Moore. And it’s wise to use the word “interim”, as it lessens the expectation on Brett. If September rolls around and nothing’s changed for the better, Moore can easily hire another hitting coach in the off-season. Or maybe Brett’s a little skeptical of going “all-in” at this stage of his life.

  4. GM says:

    Your blog was the first I heard of this. I kept waiting for the line that made it clear this was a joke, but it isn’t one. Who knows if it will work, but Brett can show them what hard work in the cages looks like.

  5. mike t. says:

    i thought that’s part of what he’s been doing all these years during spring training.

  6. chuck says:

    Considering the abject failure at every level in this organization for decades, why not hire Frank White as coach and bring back as many old Royals players as possible ifrom Brett’s era into the organization.

    Yeah, I realize that Frank and the current Royals administration do not get along well. Again, considering the abject failure at every level in this organization, maybe Frank was more right than wrong in the dissagreements that led to his departure.

    The clock is ticking on players under contract, who were supposed to usher in a new era which we all hoped would remind us of those halcyon days of old. Fortune does NOT always favor the bold, but in this circumstance, dramatic action is needed to right the Royal’s ship of state, which currently resembles a burning Royal Carribean Cruise Ship. Brett and White would be, if nothing else, a lot of fun to talk about for the rest of the season.

    Drop your cocks and grab your socks! Lets move and shake squirrels, turn to and commence ship’s work!

  7. Twy's Gibman says:

    In corresponding moves, Mariano Rivera has retired to become kc bullpen coach, Branch Rickey will replace Dayton Moore and George’s idiot son Fredo Steinbrenner has purchased the team from the Glass’s. There (dusts hands off) – fixed.

  8. JP says:

    I’m curious with their various approaches, why do we want Maloof and David infecting the Minor Leaguers? This team is a traveling comedy act, that never disappoints.

  9. mike t. says:

    after hearing the presser, i’m convinced something had brett take this job and it wasn’t just his ego, which i’ve heard is quite large. i believe he actually might be able to help. so here i go, drinking the royals kool-aid again. will it have some punch in it this time, or just get watered down as usual? i’m voting for punch. i just hope it isn’t in the groin.

  10. Coacher says:

    I realize spring training is a completely different animal; however, if GB5 is there from day 1 to the last day and then the wheels fall off, maybe just maybe…..

  11. Jason Whitlock says:

    I rather have Barry Bonds…

    • Bob Sacamano says:

      Royals need to hire George Costanza. The guy was hired for the Yankees and they win the World Series the next year.

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