Brett mum on future plans as Royals' hitting coach

BY foxsports • July 22, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- George Brett's self-imposed 30-day interim phase as the Royals' hitting coach is now approaching 60 days.

But Brett told me Monday that he isn't any closer to making a decision regarding the rest of the season.

"Who knows?" Brett said. "I'm still here now, aren't I?

"Is it going on two months? Well, I haven't been fired yet. That's a good sign."

Brett said back in May that he was going to meet with general manager Dayton Moore after 30 days on the job to discuss the immediate future. Brett has been on the job now 54 days but Moore indicated Monday that the two have not had that discussion yet.

"There's nothing urgent there," Moore said. "He's here now and working hard like the rest of us. He's doing a good job."

Brett and fellow interim hitting coach Pedro Grifol have witnessed some immediate improvement from some players since taking over, most notably from Eric Hosmer, who was the Royals' June player of the month, and, more recently, from Mike Moustakas, who has raised his average from .184 to .221 since Brett's arrival.

But as a whole, the Royals continue to struggle to score runs -- they stand at 13th in the league in runs scored.

Brett, though, has repeatedly said throughout the last seven weeks that he is enjoying his role as hitting coach.

"It's a lot of fun when we win or when we hit and you see results," Brett said.

Moore said that to his knowledge Brett would be on the next road trip -- a three-city, nine-game trip that concludes Aug. 4.

At this rate, Brett will turn a 30-day commitment into a rest-of-the-season commitment without ever really saying so.

"Not going to worry about it now," Brett said, smiling.

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