While it's clear the Kansas City Royals are not going to make any sweeping or major changes this season, or even this offseason, for a team that's so young, they are frustrated enough to at least make some smaller moves. That came as bad news recently to first base/baserunning coach Doug Sisson, who was let go and replaced by Rusty Kuntz this weekend.
"Doug was a guy who worked his tail off, but as an organization, we thought it was time to make a change," manager Ned Yost said. "Rusty was available, and working as a Minor League outfield and baserunning coordinator with all our young kids, and we're lucky to have Rusty -- he's one of the best in the business."
Kuntz has been a coach for five other organizations and Yost spoke highly of the new addition to the Major League staff.
"Rusty's been in this organization for a long time. We felt a change was warranted, and we brought Rusty back," Yost said. "Doug did a great job for us, [but] we felt a change was needed. Rusty is the one who made Alex Gordon a left fielder, he's been with (Jarrod) Dyson and (Lorenzo) Cain, working with them."