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Royals fire pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons

Sep 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Ned Yost and most of his staff will be back in 2012 despite a 71-91 season, but the Royals announced that pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons will not return.

McClure held the job for the past six seasons, under three different managers, while Gibbons formerly managed the Blue Jays and came on as then-manager Trey Hillman’s bench coach three seasons ago.

In explaining the firings Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that McClure “has done a great job, but the results are the results.” During his six seasons as pitching coach the Royals ranked 14th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, and 12th in ERA.

  1. - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM


  2. randall351 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    I really think that the only reason, obviously, they’ve kept McClure the past couple of years was because of Greinke’s Cy Young, although I don’t really know how much credit you can give to a pitching coach for that.
    The pitching has been atrocious under him, I don’t understand why it took so long to make a move?
    I don’t know enough about what a “Bench Coach” does to understand if Gibbons is good or bad at it.

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Maybe Gibbons offered to fight a couple players down in the tunnel cause everybody knows you can’t reason with today’s players.
      /partial sarcasm

  3. Tyree Studio - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Not saying there doesn’t need to be a change (I think this is long over-due), but in McClure’s defense there is only so much you can do with guys like Davies, SOS, Mazzaro and Blake Wood.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Troy McClure?

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Yost can bring in his own guys now.

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