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Royals have scored fewer runs since George Brett took over as hitting coach

Jun 24, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

George Brett

Small sample size caveats apply, of course, but since firing their hitting coaches and replacing them with George Brett the Royals have actually scored fewer runs.

Kansas City scored 4.0 runs per game and hit .261 with a .689 OPS in 50 games before firing hitting coach Jack Maloof. And in 23 games since Brett took over the Royals have scored 3.7 runs per game and hit .247 with a .658 OPS.

None of which has stopped the Royals from praising the job Brett has done, as manager Ned Yost told Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star:

I think it’s gone great. I think Georgie has done a great job, I think him and [assistant hitting coach] Pedro [Grifol] both have done a great job. They’re tireless workers, they’re on top of everything, I think we’re making great progress in a lot of areas.

Imagine what Yost would be saying if the hitters had actually shown improvement under Brett.

  1. sportsdrenched - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I blame Kauffman Stadium, not Dayton Moore’s total disregard for modern evaluation of hitters.

    • kcfanatic - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:15 AM

      Could someone please compare the 23 games George has been coach to the 23 games before he was coach. After all, those are the reason the other coaches got fired and he got hired. He has had to dig them out of a hole. Yeah, the overall numbers for 50 games were better, but when George took over the arrow was definitely pointing downward.

      • kcfanatic - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:17 AM

        Plus he has to undo everything that these guys did. It takes more than 23 games to get guys torn down and built back up. It took the last yahoos all of the off season and spring training to erase what Sietzer had taught

      • Paul White - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Here you go:

        23 games with Brett: 3.7 R/G, .247/.304/.354

        23 games before Brett: 3.4 R/G, .249/.296/.350

        So, yeah….better?

  2. stlouis1baseball - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Oh yeah? Well…well…he’s not the baserunning coach you know? He’s the hitting coach.
    It isn’t George’s fault of the team doesn’t run fast. Or hard. Or smartly.


  3. jayscarpa - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Kevin Long will be available next year.

  4. kcw0lf - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Seems Hosmer and Moose (small sample size) are turning it around but Gordon, Butler, and Cain are slumping. I wish they could all hit at the same time! Very frustrating to watch. At least Getz isn’t around anymore!

    • Paul White - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Just for completeness:

      Hosmer since Brett: .301/.347/.462
      Hosmer 23 games before that: .264/.304/.333

      Moustakas since Brett: .254/.288/.286
      Moustakas 23 games before that: .159/.209/.333

      So yes, Hosmer is better since Brett took over, albeit in a small sample size. Moustakas, not so much. Better, but not anywhere close to acceptable.

  5. sleepyirv - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    You’re right.
    It is a small sample size.

  6. royalintx - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    What else is Yost supposed to say?
    You are simply trolling by writing this…it is a lazy article.

    • paperlions - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      It isn’t as lazy and Yost’s information free response.

      Even without Yost’s inanity, the facts in the post are true.

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Yeah it’s a bit easy to make fun of the Royals. But during Glass’s tenure as owner they’ve lost the most games in MLB, especially since the Pirates have some what put it together. I love the Royals but at this point you assume that every decision they make is wrong until they win consistantly. And it’s perfectly fine to troll them until they do.

    • quintjs - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      What else could he say?

      “Look, it’s a work in progress, obviously it cannot be fixed overnight. But George is a hard worker, they both are, and I am confident in their abilities, and the abilities of our guys out on the field to get the job done”

      How about that instead of what is basically a lie. And this is news, because Royals fans have to question the leadership of their team. Their GM thinks the park is to blame for a lack of walks, and their manager things their hitting has improved.

  7. valarmorghuliss - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Such a small sample size the mind boggles as to why it was posted this soon.

  8. slickdemetrius - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Serious lack of pine tar is the problem.

  9. therealbigben - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I see yostie is still doing that thing where he adds “-ie” to everyones name

    • yahmule - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      I see he’s doing that thing where he manages a baseball team like horseshit. I spotted it right away.

    • bravojawja - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      It’s about the only thing he learned from Bobby Cox.

  10. yahmule - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    They better get it together because Charlie Lau’s not walking through that door.

  11. Walk - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    The major league hitting coach gets the credit and blame from the coaching from little league coaches through the roving instructors through the minor league coaches. Brett likely has months of work ahead of him if the players are willing to listen and even longer if they do not. At best in the short term he can help his hitters prepare for the next series. Long term changes to approach and swing is going to take a while so indeed small sample size applies. Personally I think he has talented hitters to work with and kc will be something to see in the coming years when they come to town.

  12. kcrobert10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Well if they listen to me and trade for Stanton than we would magically score more runs book it.

    • yahmule - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      They’re never going to listen to you. Never.

  13. kcrobert10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    They should. By making the shields Myers trade last off-season Moore basically stated were all in for the next 2 yrs so if that is the case what are we holding on to prospects that won’t help us get to the playoffs in the next 2 yrs. Miami has stated they are in rebuild mode and they need guys who are 2 yrs away we have them now its just work out compensation.

    • dluxxx - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      So, just cause it’s a slow day, who exactly would the Royals trade to Miami to get Stanton back? I’d like to see what package you’d put together that would entice the Marlins to give up their franchise player.

  14. blingslade - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Yup, small sample size, different teams, different combo of Home/Away games, different weather, different injuries and on and on and on.

    The author of this article forgot to mention the most important stat of them all:

    Yup, the Royals are 15-8 with Brett in the dugout..he knows how to win.

  15. lostsok - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Those who can’t do, teach.

    He could do.

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