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Royals Make Big Coaching Staff Shakeup After Slow Start

Larry Rupp
The Kansas City Royals have made a big coaching staff shakeup after a slow start to the season.
The Kansas City Royals have made a big coaching staff shakeup after a slow start to the season. / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

There isn't much room for things to get worse for the Kansas City Royals right now. The team sits 6.5 games back of first place in the American League Central division with a 12-20 record and have now fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw. The front office is hoping a change can bring along improvement.

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Alec Zumalt is set to join the major league squad in place of Bradshaw after working with minor league hitters in the organization for the bulk of this season. Zumalt spent seven years playing professional baseball before joining the in Royals in 2011 as a part of their scouting department.

Assistant hitting coaches Koeni DeRenne and Mike Tosar will remain with the club in their same positions, but it is Zumalt who will "oversee all hitting efforts." Getting star players like catcher Salvador Perez and infielder Whit Merrifeld back into a groove should be a top priority right now.

This change shouldn't come as a major shock considering Kansas City currently ranks 24th in runs per game (3.69), 27th in on-base percentage (0.289) and 28th in run differential (-43). It's worth mentioning only two players on the roster are even hitting above a batting average of .230 so far.

It'll be interesting to see if the Royals are able to cross the plate a few more times than usual in the coming weeks and start making some noise offensively. Kansas City is currently tied for the seventh-worst odds to win the World Series at +25000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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