View Full Version : Royals replace hitting coach

05-02-2006, 01:06 AM
So instead of canning the pitching coach every year, they went with the hitting coach instead.


Royals replace hitting coach
Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals hitting coach Andre David was reassigned within the organization after Kansas City's 3-2 loss to Detroit on Monday night.

The Royals replaced David with Mike Barnett, their minor league roving hitting instructor. Barnett was the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays for three-plus seasons before he was fired last year. Barnett will join the team in Detroit on Tuesday, the team said.

Kansas City is 12th in the American League with a .243 team batting average after Monday's loss to the Tigers. The Royals' 14 homers, 85 runs and 80 RBIs are all last in the 14-team AL.

Kansas City (5-18) is last in the AL Central and had an 11-game losing streak earlier this season.

David, who had served as Kansas City's hitting coach since May 2005, will take over Barnett's position, Royals general manager Allard Baird said.

05-02-2006, 01:11 AM
Start printing playoff tickets!

05-02-2006, 01:12 AM
This can only be a good idea considering Albert Pujols hit as many home runs as the whole Royals team did in April.