ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The last Kansas City manager who was on the hot seat before Ned Yost still watches from afar and roots for the Royals.
And Trey Hillman, who cleared out his Kauffman Stadium office in 2010 to make room for Yost, thinks naming Hall of Famer George Brett as hitting coach could be a splendid move.
"I think it will add a lot of energy," Hillman, now Don Mattingly's bench coach with the Dodgers, said Thursday.
Hillman made it a point to say he likes Jack Maloof and Andre David, the two deposed hitting coaches, and he's happy they are being kept in the organization.
But … Brett is Brett.
“George is so passionate and so fiery,” Hillman said. “And he knows a ton about hitting.
“I think, in this situation, it's important to keep in perspective that Jack Maloof and Andre David know a lot about hitting, too. But sometimes a guy with Hall of Fame credentials and the reputation George has in that organization can make a difference.”
The Royals have lost eight consecutive games, 12 of their past 13 and 19 of 23. Hillman knows the numbers right down to 19 of 23.
How could he not? He left part of his heart and soul in Kansas City during his two-plus years there, and he's phoned both Yost and general manager Dayton Moore during this recent slide with words of encouragement.
“I'm pulling for them,” Hillman said. “When I was let go, I still have a very good relationship with that staff and with Dayton.
“I'm pulling for them.”
What the Royals need more than encouraging words right now, however, is hits.
Lots of them.