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George Brett, Royals hitting coach

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When the Royals' hot start this year turned into a cold streak, manager Ned Yost and GM Dayton Moore pulled the George Brett ace out of their sleeve and hired him as the Royals' interim hitting coach. Brett, who had not worn a Royals uniform in 20 years, somewhat reluctantly stepped up and performed coaching duties for the next 48 games before resigning to make way for Pedro Grifol. The Royals' numbers actually regressed under Brett's tutelage (pre-Brett: .261/.314/.375; post-Brett: .248/.309/.369). Yet Royals blogger Rany Jazayerli noted that key youngsters Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas did improve under No. 5. And the Royals eventually joined the wild-card hunt. Thanks, George.

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