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Royals fire hitting coach Kevin Seitzer

Oct 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Mike Moustakas, Kevin Seitzer AP

Kansas City finished 12th in the 14-team American League in runs scored this season and today the Royals fired hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.

Seitzer was hired as hitting coach before the 2009 season and the Royals have ranked 12th, 6th, 10th, and 13th among AL teams in scoring during those four years.

Eric Hosmer regressing after a very strong rookie season and Mike Moustakas failing to take a big step forward no doubt played a part in Seitzer being let go, although under his tutelage Alex Gordon turned his career around, Billy Butler emerged as an elite bat, and this season young hitters Salvador Perez Alcides Escobar fared well.

Aside from firing Seitzer the rest of manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff will remain intact for 2013.

  1. timmons94 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Typical Dayton Moore once again he fails to assemble any starting pitching. Let’s blame Seitzer. Hosmer and moose have no discipline at plate. He saved Gordon’s career . But hey someone needs to be the fall guy. It’s never Dayton’s fault

    • geoknows - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Hosmer walked in 10% of his PAs. That’s considered major league average plate discipline. Moustakas is another story.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I don’t know why they hired him in the first place. These moves teams make, to do the heartwarming thing for the city, get me nuts sometimes. Kevin was an OKAY hitter, not great.

    They need someone to come in and light the place up or they are going to waste all that young talent they have on the MLB roster and on the farm.

    Next year’s surprise team or looking north at Terry Francona’s Indians from 5th place. Your call KC.

  3. cur68 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    They did this so could have a shot in the Home Run Derby, didn’t they? I know that’s real important to the team.

  4. timmons94 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Plenty of good hitting coaches in baseball who weren’t good hitters in MLB. Seitzer was a good hitter btw. Doesn’t matter. We need pitching or another 4th or 5th finish

  5. sportsdrenched - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Congrats to Kevin on his parole.

  6. gunpowderjones - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    In most sports, the best coaches were borderline players in their day

  7. Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I bet it was because Seitzer touched Mike’s Mou. You just don’t do that man…

  8. Paul White - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Classic Royals move. Dayton Moore insists on re-signing Jeff Francoeur for two years instead of letting minor league player of the year Wil Myers play right field, and he immediately – and predictably – regresses from the career year that Seitzer coaxed out of him. Moore saddles Seitzer with crappy backup options for the injured Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez for much of the year – both of whom have hit much better in the big leagues under Seitzer’s tutelage than was expected. Moore and Ned Yost refuse to give the second base job to Johnny Giavotella at the start of the year, leaving Seitzer with Chris Getz and Yuni Betancourt getting too many plate appearances. Meanwhile, Seitzer transformed Alcides Escobar into a decent big league hitter, helped save Alex Gordon’s career and helped Billy Butler convert about 10 doubles into homers this year. All of that which more than balances a poor year from Hosmer and a poor second half from Moustakas

    So of course the Royals’ regression in their run total is Seitzer’s fault.

    • sportsdrenched - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Don’t forget the wreckless and outdated base running too.

  9. timmons94 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Paul white. Amen. And he did a good job with Getz too. Classic royals .

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