ST. LOUIS (AP) - George Brett is giving coaching a month.
The greatest player in Kansas City Royals history isn’t sure teaching is his forte and doesn’t know if players will listen.
Before hustling to the batting cage to start his job and greet well-wishers that included his former manager Whitey Herzog, the team’s high profile interim batting coach certainly gave a fiery acceptance speech.
“I’m scared to death right now, to be honest with you,” Brett said Thursday night. “But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Not too scared to call out Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and the team’s other underachieving youngsters. Brett said he’d do all he could, but added they must be accountable.
“I mean, get rid of what’s that baby stuff? Baby Gerber or something?” Brett said. “Get rid of the bottles, let’s go. Let’s go!”
All it took was one more loss.
“I just …. give it a try,” Brett said. “So I’m going to give it a try.”
“This could be something I just could not stand to do, I don’t know,” he said. “The players and I might not hit it off, I don’t know.”
The Royals had lost eight in a row before playing the Cardinals on Thursday. They were 13th in the American League in runs, and scored two or fewer runs 11 times during an extended 4-19 drought that dropped them to last place in the Central Division.
Brett takes over for Jack Maloof and Andre David, who were reassigned to the minor league organization.
This will be Brett’s first in-season coaching role, though he’s been the franchise’s vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player following the 1993 season. He’s also worked as a volunteer coach at spring training for years and Yost said it was no celebrity stint.