Royals fire hitting coach …. why?
(emphasis mine in the upcoming paragraphs)
"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 RBIss are all last in the 14-team AL.
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."
1) So you fire your major league hitting coach because he couldn’t turn Minky into Don Mattingly in one month (or Mark Teahen into George Brett in one year)?
2) You replace him with your minor league hitting instructor, who HIMSELF was fired from HIS last job (and given the Royals lack of player development in the minors, perhaps he wasn’t doing such a great job in his most recent position either)?
3) You reassign the fired major league hitting coach (who, by the way, was a major league player for all of 53 at-bats of .245 over two seasons back in the 80s http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/davidan01.shtml) to the minor league hitting instructor position, so you could INSURE the continued development of those Royals prospects?