KANSAS CITY -- George Brett had a successful two-month run as the Royals' interim hitting coach last year, and general manager Dayton Moore had hoped the Hall of Famer might take on the task full time.
"Whether George wants to admit it or not, he was very impactful with these hitters," Moore said. "He likes to deflect a lot of the credit, but I really felt that once he got involved and we started winning, which I thought we would, that he loves baseball and is so passionate, I thought he'd want to do it. I really did."
But Brett bowed out in late July, turning the job over to Pedro Grifol. When the Royals were mulling Grifol's fate recently with the offense struggling, Moore admitted that the thought of getting Brett back in that role crossed his mind.
"I hinted one time up the box," Moore said. "I asked him what he was doing this summer. ... He knew what I was talking about -- he didn't say it, but he could tell."
Moore smiled and added: "He said he had a busy summer."
So what the Royals did was shake up the coaching staff, putting Dale Sveum in charge of the hitters. Sveum followed Grifol who followed Brett who followed Jack Maloof who followed Kevin Seitzer, all within the last two years.
"I'm not proud of the fact that we've had several changes with our hitting-coach position. That's on me, that's my responsibility," Moore said. "Ned [Yost] and I have to work together to make sure that we find the right voice and the right teacher to help our players make adjustments. Our players are talented enough and far enough along in their careers that they take ownership of their development as well. A coach can only meet you halfway. I've always said we'll meet 51 percent and pull you across the line, but you've got to meet us there and be willing to make adjustments."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.