(BaseballStL) -- Stuck in an eight-game skid and unable to produce runs, the Kansas City Royals turn to Hall of Fame member George Brett for help.
The Royals announced Brett, 60, will assume the interim hitting coach role starting tonight in the series-finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brett was a hit machine during his playing career which spanned from 1973 until his retirement in 1993. He became the team’s all-time hits leader with 3,154 and is the only player in history to win a batting title in three different decades.
“I'm thankful that this organization has one of the greatest hitters and more importantly one of the greatest competitors our game has ever seen in George Brett and he has accepted our offer to join the coaching staff on an interim basis,” Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, said in a statement.
The move marks the first time Brett will have an in-season coaching role. Since retiring as a player in 1993, Brett served as Vice President of Baseball Operations. He also worked on the field during spring training.
The club also announced Pedro Grifol will take over the duties as the major league special assignment role. The Royals have reassigned coaches Jack Maloof and Andrew David to the minor league teams.
The Royals batted .265 with 104 runs scored in 24 games played in April, but only .257 with 95 runs scored in 26 games in May.