Yost affirms 2011 return for coaching staff

Yost affirms 2011 return for coaching staff

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost re-confirmed on Sunday that the remaining members of his coaching staff are expected to return in 2011.

That's bench coach John Gibbons, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, pitching coach Bob McClure, third-base coach and infield coach Eddie Rodriguez and bullpen coach Steve Foster.

"Quite frankly, I'm a guy that's a little tough on coaches, because I expect a lot out of them," Yost said. "I expect them to work hard and make players better, and if I had the slightest inkling or reservation that that wasn't going to happen here, they wouldn't be back. But they've all done a great job and I'm real pleased with them."

Rusty Kuntz, the first-base and outfield coach, left in early September to return to special assignments in the organization. His spot at first base has been filled temporarily by Omaha manager Mike Jirschele.

A replacement will be hired for Kuntz.

"It doesn't have to be an outstanding outfield coach, because Rusty is going to be here during home games and we'll have all of Spring Training to be tutored by Rusty on outfield specifics," Yost said.

"His expertise has got to be in baserunning, and that's a big thing we have to address this year. I have a guy in mind and when the time's right, we'll figure it all out."

Except for Kuntz, Yost inherited the staff when he succeeded Trey Hillman as manager on May 14. Kuntz was brought in from his post as special assistant to the general manager to replace Dave Owen.