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Royals hire two hitting coaches to replace Kevin Seitzer

Oct 24, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Dwight

Kansas City has joined Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Diego in hiring both a hitting coach and an assistant hitting coach, as the Royals have added Jack Maloof and Andre David to their staff.

They’ll replace Kevin Seitzer, who was fired earlier this month after the Royals ranked 12th, 6th, 10th, and 13th among AL teams in scoring during his four years on the job, and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Maloof “will be the primary coach.”

A few weeks ago the Phillies fired hitting coach Greg Gross and replaced him with Steve Henderson, later naming Wally Joyner as his assistant hitting coach.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a full-scale trend yet, but clearly teams are rethinking the way they approach putting together the MLB-allowed six-man coaching staff.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Put this on your resume: They had to hire 2 people to replace me when I left.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    It’s been six minutes now since I first read this headline, and I’m still finding new layers of hilarity in it.

  3. blacksables - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    You can’t teach old Braves new tricks.

  4. stex52 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    It might seem more reasonable if you could teach hitting. As I understand, these guys pretty much watch tapes and advise players of any bad habits they have picked up. And even that is generally on a voluntary basis. Unless the tapes keep putting the #1 coach to sleep, I’m not sure why you need two.

  5. erikh24 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Are we certain that the title held by hitting coach #2 is that of Assistant Hitting Coach and not Assistant to the Hitting Coach? The distinction is huge.

  6. arrooo - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Bo Jackson

  7. fuddpucker - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    KC Royals. They hire extra hitting coaches but they won’t pay for players. Pay-less, that’s the Wal-Mart way.

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