May 1st, 2006
Is it really fair to reassign a hitting coach after his team couldn’t hit against a pitching staff this hot? That’s a matter of opinion. But the Royals have had problems hitting a lot of pitching staffs besides this one, so Andre David is out.
Mike Barnett, who is in his first year as the Royals Minor Leagueroving hitting instructor has been named as David’s replacement and
will join the team on Tuesday.
Barnett is no stranger to the position, as he served as the Major
League hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays the past four seasons.
During his tenure with the Blue Jays, he played a key role in the
development of hitters such as Vernon Wells and Orlando Hudson.
For those who missed it in the recap, the Tigers have allowed three runs in their last four games, the first time they’ve done that since the tail end of the 1990 season according to research on retrosheet.org. The crazy part about that stretch is that the Tigers only scored six runs themselves and lost a 2-0 game to the Twins. They pitched back-to-back shutouts, but they were 1-0 and 2-0 wins. Jerry Don Gleaton saved both of them.