- Mike Petriello, ESPN Insider
When you've lost eight games in a row -- and 12 of 13, and 19 of 23 -- as the Kansas City Royals had after dropping a game to the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, changes need to be made. In Kansas City's case, that meant removing hitting coaches Andre David and Jack Maloof in favor of team legend George Brett, hoping to kick-start a tremendously disappointing offense.
The Royals were 21-29 when Brett came aboard, and they're 15-11 since. Brett, predictably, has been given a good deal of credit for shaking things up, with general manager Dayton Moore being sure to highlight Brett's "energy" and "passion" in a conversation with Buster Olney earlier this month. So it seems like the change in the coaching staff to bring in a Hall of Famer must have had an impact, right? Well, not exactly.
While the Royals are playing better since George Brett was hired, Mike Petreillo writes that he doesn't deserve any of the credit.